Eric Birling

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  • Eric Birling
    • Age
      • Along with Sheila Eric represents the younger generation.
        • "the fact remains i did what i did"
          • By taking responsibility for his actions Eric is doing the opposite to Mr Birling - he is acting more like a socialist then a capitalist.
            • Priestley does this to make his audience trust the socialist characters more than the capitalist ones in the hope that is audience will root for a more communally responsible and socialist future
          • Responsibility
            • He and Sheila both take responsibility for their actions
              • Along with Sheila Eric represents the younger generation.
                • "the fact remains i did what i did"
                  • By taking responsibility for his actions Eric is doing the opposite to Mr Birling - he is acting more like a socialist then a capitalist.
                    • Priestley does this to make his audience trust the socialist characters more than the capitalist ones in the hope that is audience will root for a more communally responsible and socialist future
                  • Responsibility
                    • He and Sheila both take responsibility for their actions
                  • He is shaken by the Inspectors message and the role that he played in Eva/Daisy's suicide
                    • "my god - i'm not likely to forget"
          • He is shaken by the Inspectors message and the role that he played in Eva/Daisy's suicide
            • "my god - i'm not likely to forget"
        • Eric argued against Mr Birling's (who represents the older generation) treatment of Eva Smith
          • This reinforces the audiences already forming opinion that Eric is a better person than Mr Birling
            • Priestley does this to convince his audience to be on Eric's side and therefore on the side of socialism.
      • Relationships
        • Eric does not have a very good relationship with his parents
          • He complains that neither of his parents are the type of people you could go to if you were seeking help
            • "your not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble"
              • Priestley does this to present Mr and Mrs Birling as capitalists who are bad parents so that other parents will not want to be like them
        • Physical attraction was the main motive behind Eric's relationship with Eva
          • He did not love her he just took advantage of her
            • "she was pretty and a good sport"
              • Priestley does this to show how in 1912 many men had relationships with women purely because of the sexual aspect
                • Priestley does this with a tragic ending to try and deter men from treating women this way
      • Gender
        • In the play, Eric forces himself upon and takes advantage of Eva/Daisy
          • "she told me she didn't want me to go in"                    "i insisted"
            • Priestley does this to show his audience how, because of the patriarchal society, men can easily take advantage of women
              • Priestley hopes that this will encourage men to stop treating woman badly or it could end in tragic consequences (in this case a suicide)
          • Class/ social hierarchy
            • "she told me she didn't want me to go in"                    "i insisted"
              • Priestley does this to show his audience how, because of the patriarchal society, men can easily take advantage of women
                • Priestley hopes that this will encourage men to stop treating woman badly or it could end in tragic consequences (in this case a suicide)
            • Eric comes from a upper middle class family and so this enabled him to take advantage of a lower class girl
              • Priestley does this to show how having a stratified class system can give unfair power to those in higher classes which is unfair to the lower one
                • Priestley hopes that by doing this he can convince his audience to forget the class system and all take acre of each other - turn to socialism

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