Mr Birling

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  • Response to Inspector
    • Initially easily irritated by Inspector "touch of impatience"
    • Nervous when inspector is around as he isn’t in control and cant dictate what is going to happen
    • Mr Birling
      • Key Messages /Themes
        • At the end of the play Mr Birling does not learn his lesson and doesn't take responsibility for his part in Eva's death
        • Mr Birlings views are completely capitalist and he doesn't believe in socialism " a man has to make his own way"
        • . He believes that socialist ideas that stress the importance of the community are "nonsense
  • He wants to protect Birling and Co.
    • He wants to protect himself and his family
      • He cannot see that he did anything wrong when he fired Eva-looking after business interests
  • Shared Responsiblity
    • Older Generation (Mr + Mrs B) wont change their ways and take no responsibility
    • Priestly's use of the character
      • Dramatic Irony
        • Mr B is confident that there will not be a war.The audience knows there will be a war,
      • Mr Birling
        • Key Messages /Themes
          • At the end of the play Mr Birling does not learn his lesson and doesn't take responsibility for his part in Eva's death
          • Mr Birlings views are completely capitalist and he doesn't believe in socialism " a man has to make his own way"
          • . He believes that socialist ideas that stress the importance of the community are "nonsense

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