Mrs Birling

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  • Sybil Birling
    • Personality
      • She is proud of her social status
        • She follows traditional values and etiquette. She has a strong set of beliefs about people's social status which makes her prejudiced.
        • She is her husband's "social superior" and keeps reminding the rest of the Birlings about being polite and behaving more like the upper class she is from
        • She won't let others boss her around and tells the Inspector that he won't get her to change her mind.
      • She lives by strict standards
        • She believes that the lower class has lower standards
        • This makes her walk straight into the Inspector's trap
        • Without realising she condemns her own son because it doesn't cross her mind that she would do anything of the sort
      • She doesn't change
        • She is self-centred. She doesn't notice Eric's drinking problem and dismisses her daughter's worries about Gerald.
        • She won't accept responsibility for her actions and doesn't learn from the Inspector's message
      • She isn't very charitable
        • She has authority to decide who's "deserving" enough of the Brumley women's charity
        • She used her influence to get other members of the board to reject Eva's appeal
          • She is offended that Eva uses the Birling name and that she pretends to have the "fine feelings" of a higher social class
          • " I used my influence to have it refused" - Act 2
            • cruel
    • Quotes
      • "When you're married you'll realise" - Act 1
        • Traditional
      • "I was the only one of you who didn't give in to him!" - Act 3
        • proud
        • She doesn't change
          • She is self-centred. She doesn't notice Eric's drinking problem and dismisses her daughter's worries about Gerald.
          • She won't accept responsibility for her actions and doesn't learn from the Inspector's message
      • "As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money" - Act 3
        • Prejudiced
        • She believes that the lower class has lower standards
      • " I used my influence to have it refused" - Act 2
        • cruel
    • Themes
      • Social Responsibility - Her charity only helped "deserving" cases traditionally used to distinguish between the poor who physically can't help themselves and those who are undeserving and shouldn't be helped

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