Gerald Croft

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  • Gerald Croft
    • well-bred young man about town
      • Presents him as a womanizer + a gambler, he's worldly + seeks pleasure.
      • Shoes his entitlement + privilege, he's born into the aristocracy
    • I hate these hard-eyed dough face women
      • 'dough-faced' - feels he can manipulate him + shape them according to his will. Abrupt + misogynistic language of discourse
      • Views them with a lack of redeeming qualities, dehumanizes them, they're only here for men's pleasure, many woman were forced into prostitution.
    • I became at once the most important person in her life - you understand?
      • Masculine ego bolstered by Eva's desperation + reliance on him
      • Presenting himself as chivalrous, a knight in shining armour, he is the hero who rescues the damsel in distress
    • She didn't blame me at all. I wish to God she had now. Perhaps I'd feel better about it.
      • Class difference makes the relationship impossible - 'forced' to break off relationships due to society standards.
      • Only cares about his own conscience and life, not overly concerned with Eva's life, cares for his feelings not Eva's death.
    • Sorry - I - well. I've suddenly realized - taken it in properly - that she's dead.
      • More sympathetic than Mr Birling - has realised the consequence of his actions implying he's guilty.
      • Fragmentation of sentences shows his distress + agitation. He feels genuine remorse and sadness, more accepting of social responsibility
    • Everything's alright now, Shelia. (Holds up the ring) What about this ring?
      • Tries to pretend as if nothing ever happened - wants to continue on with his way of life and marry Sheila.
      • Shows woman are viewed as a commodity - he cheats on Sheila yet expects her to resume engagement.
    • (laughs) You seem to be a nice well-behaved family
      • Flippant tone - implies he feels nothing could get in the way of Mr B's rise in the social ladder - shows how the upper class were able to get away with a lack of morality
      • DI - reassuring Mr B will receive his knighthood just before the Inspector calls and exposes the abhorrent acts the Birlings have committed + the breakdown of their reputation.
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