- Mr Birling
- He is a typical upper class business man as he values money more than anything. He thinks his reputation determines if he's succeeded in life or not.
- Priestley's intentions
- Priestley uses Mr birling to show the audience the cruelty of capitalism and therefore repelling them from it.
- Relations with other characters
- Eric's line "because you're not the kind of father that a chap can go to" shows that Mr Birling is not a good father and does not listen to his children's problem.