Eric Birling

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  • Eric Birling
    • Priestly drops hints that Eric isn't all right
      • His odd behaviour  was used by Priestly to hint that his secrets will later disrupt and threaten the Birling's way of life
        • Priestly's stage directions say he is: 'not quite at ease' and 'half shy' as well as 'half assertive'
    • Eric has been hiding some dirty secrets
      • You can see his "familiarity with quick heavy drinking'' when he pours the whisky in act 3
      • He has got a prostitute pregnant with one encounter with a suggestion that he forced himself on her
        • He stole money to support her
    • Eric is not the only one- but due to his lack of self-control he is the one to be found out
      • Eric meets Eva in the stalls bar which is the same place as Gerald
        • Birling's respectable friends like the Alderman, Meggarty. They behave badly but no one says anything
      • Theme of judgement: -Gerald treats Daisy as his 'mistress' and when he ends the affair his reputation is not damaged and even Sheila would still like 'to start again'. But when Eric drunkenly gets Eva pregnant, steals money for her it is likely he has brought a scandal to his family
    • Eric's laugh interupts th polite conversation earlier in the play , just like how his behaviour disrupts the illusion of respectibility.
      • Everyone keeps up appearances but Eric  makes it obvious there is something murky underneath
  • Eric Birling is a troublesome son
    • Eric Birling
      • Priestly drops hints that Eric isn't all right
        • His odd behaviour  was used by Priestly to hint that his secrets will later disrupt and threaten the Birling's way of life
          • Priestly's stage directions say he is: 'not quite at ease' and 'half shy' as well as 'half assertive'
      • Eric has been hiding some dirty secrets
        • You can see his "familiarity with quick heavy drinking'' when he pours the whisky in act 3
        • He has got a prostitute pregnant with one encounter with a suggestion that he forced himself on her
          • He stole money to support her
      • Eric is not the only one- but due to his lack of self-control he is the one to be found out
        • Eric meets Eva in the stalls bar which is the same place as Gerald
          • Birling's respectable friends like the Alderman, Meggarty. They behave badly but no one says anything
        • Theme of judgement: -Gerald treats Daisy as his 'mistress' and when he ends the affair his reputation is not damaged and even Sheila would still like 'to start again'. But when Eric drunkenly gets Eva pregnant, steals money for her it is likely he has brought a scandal to his family
      • Eric's laugh interupts th polite conversation earlier in the play , just like how his behaviour disrupts the illusion of respectibility.
        • Everyone keeps up appearances but Eric  makes it obvious there is something murky underneath
    • Eric feels isolated from the rest of his family and 'no one understands him'
    • He apparently forced himself on Eva when he was 'drunk'  and got her 'pregnant' and can't even remember it happenning
    • He deeply regrets his actions and by th end of the play he'll 'never forget' the lesson

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sarahish

Thanks you have done this is in greater detail then me, check my Gerald one out. It's useful.

Paul Dutton


An excellent mind map on Eric, good detail, ideal for quick revision.

ChillyChilly2

This is great thank you.

nan on fire

dis is very very nice little man. this is betar than enyting els I ave seen

tybaz

u man are mud bruv lemme catch you Yutes on road fam dunknow gunna get chefd up might have to holla a shotty

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