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Mr Birling
Thinks he is intelligent, but actually way out of his depth (
Titanic, War etc). In the piece of text before act one, Mr
Birling is said to be "provincial in his speech". Imagine a
Lord Alan Sugar. A man who has worked his way to the
top and not had it easy. Birling believes that every man is
an island. He possibly thinks this because he has worked
hard for what he has got and so should others. Mr B
shows a callous and unsympathetic attitude towards Eva,
which shocks me slightly as he was possibly once
working class. He is impressed by Gerald and is
indulgent towards his affair with Eva, even though it is
his own daughter that has been betrayed. In other words,
Mr B licks Gerald's bottom! Mr Birling is more concerned
about scandal and the effect it will have on his
unpromising Knighthood! Mr Birling represents the
Business men of Victorian England.…read more

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Mrs Birling
An even bigger snob than her husband. She is described as
"her husbands social superior". This means she is of a
higher class to Mr B. Mrs B is prejudiced, narrow minded
and judgemental. She is oblivious to the flaws of her
family, such as Eric's alcoholism issues. But... when it
comes to defending her family, Mrs B makes sure no one
says anything to offend them. She protects them and
tries to evade the Inspectors direct questions. We see
Mrs B come to life with emotion when Eric blames her
for Eva's death with rage and frustration. We see Mrs B's
cool exterior crumble under the guilt and seeing her son
hurt. Mrs Birling may run a charity, but she is definitely
not charitable. Mrs B is an ostentatious character who
wants people to think of her in a certain light, a light
which is truly false.…read more

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Sheila is representative of the females of 1912. Sheila is just being
prepared to turn into her mother. Some may see Sheila, the
person who seems to care most about Eva and feel the most
guilty about her death, as a giving and caring person, or the
person that feels genuinely remorseful. But... I see her as
selfish and whiney. Everything that comes out of Sheila's mouth
is about herself, and how she feels guilty and how she wishes
she hadn't got Eva fired. Nothing whatsoever about how Eva
must have felt. Sheila always manages to turn the conversation
back to herself. Sheila is childish and makes inconsequential
remarks. She calls her mother `Mummy' and uses words such
as `Squiffy' and `Jolly well'. But, Sheila shows empathy for Eva,
recognising her as a person, not just as a worker, therefore she
is very different to her parents and shares similar views to the
Inspector in terms of her social conscience .…read more

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