Eric Birling

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    • Character Impression
      • "in his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive."
      • He is appalled by his  parents' inability to admit their own responsibility. He tells them forcefully, "I'm ashamed of you."
        • When Birling tries  to threaten him in Act III, Eric is aggressive in return: "I don't give a damn now." Do you think Eric has ever stood up to his father in this way before?
      • Eric’s first stage direction is ‘Eric suddenly guffaws.’ When asked why he is laughing he replies, “I don’t know – really. Suddenly I felt I just had to laugh.”
        • it immediately tells us that his attitude to life isn’t too serious and that he is the kind of character to take things lightly.
  • He feels guilt and frustration with himself over his relationship with the girl. He cries, "Oh - my God! - how stupid it all is!" as he tells his story.
    • He is horrified that his thoughtless actions had such consequences.
    • Character Impression
      • "in his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive."
      • He is appalled by his  parents' inability to admit their own responsibility. He tells them forcefully, "I'm ashamed of you."
        • When Birling tries  to threaten him in Act III, Eric is aggressive in return: "I don't give a damn now." Do you think Eric has ever stood up to his father in this way before?
      • Eric’s first stage direction is ‘Eric suddenly guffaws.’ When asked why he is laughing he replies, “I don’t know – really. Suddenly I felt I just had to laugh.”
        • it immediately tells us that his attitude to life isn’t too serious and that he is the kind of character to take things lightly.

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