Mr Arthur Birling
- portentous man (a man to impress)
- provincial in his speech (not 'with it' and narrow-minded)
- proud of acheivements and boasts
- tries and fails to impress inspector
- aware of social superiors- showing off to Eric
- likely to get knighted- moving up in social circles
- happiest parties of his life- merging with Crofts ltd.
- optimist- no war, hdramatic irony as there is- audience judge his judgement
- selfish- socialist ideas are 'nonsense'
- no wrong with eva smith- looking after business interests
- ACT II - worried that press will get hold of story
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Mrs Sybil Birling
- cold woman
- husbands social superior
- snob- aware of differences between social classes
- dismissive of Eva- 'Girls of that class'
- least repspect for inspector
- sees Sheila and Eric as children and speaks patronisingly
- deny things and lie about not knowing Eva in the photo
- admits being prejudice- but says it was here 'duty' to decline, as narrow sense of morality states fathers job to look after
- in the end comes to terms with Erics drinking but still denies she did anything wrong and doesnt accept responsibility
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- "pleased with life and rather excited"
- shown as naive but connotes contradiction: "last summer, when you never came near me"
- never before considered workers conditions but shows compassion- already changing
- feels guilt
- perceptive- realises gerald knew daisy from reaction
- first to question inspector- is he real?
- warns others- "he's giving us the rope- so that we'll hang ourselves"
- curious- to hear about affair
- growing maturity- respects his honesty
- angry (act III) at parents - "pretend that mothing much happened"
- at the end she is much wiser- judge parents and gerald from new perspective
- awakened social conscience and aware of resporsibilites
- taken everything on the chin and learnt
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- "...not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive"(strong, determined)
- start: emabarrassed and awkward- "eric suddenly guffaws" (nervous)
- tension in eric's realtionship with father?
- soon clear- eric is hardened drinker, gerald "i have gathered that he does drink pretty hard"
- like sheila supports worker's cause- "why shouldnt they try for higher wages?"
- guilt and frustration with relationship of girl
- innate sense of responsability- got girl pregnant but gave her money and
- less worried about stealing over her future- most socailly aware out of family?
- appallled by parents not admitting responsibility- "I'm ashamed of you"
- Act III birling threatens but eric replies aggressively- now standing up to father
- end is fully aware of his social responsibility and ignorant of parents childish lies
- important thing is that she is dead
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- "...easy well-bred man-about-town."
- not as willing as sheila to admit- like Mr Birling wants to protect own interests
- genuine feeling for daisy renton and sorry about her death
- act III contracdicts and tries to cover up- prove inspector is fake
- confirms that local police force have no inspector by the name of Goole
- throw energies into 'protecting' himself not 'changing' (unlike Sheila)
- end of play not changed- not gained new sense of social responsibility
- makes Sheila unsure whether to take back engagement ring
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(only got information from Inspector and Birlings)
- parents were dead
- Gerald -"very pretty- soft brown hair and big dark eyes"
- Mr Birling- "country-bred"
- working class
- Inspector- kept a dieary to help him piece together
- Act III- wonder whether she is real-
- Gerald "We've no proof it was the same photograph and therefore no proof it was the same girl"
- final phone call- maybe she did exist?
- Eva similar to Eve, frst woman created by god
- Smith was most common english surname
- Eva Smith could represent every woman of her class
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- entrance: creating "an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness"
- disconcerting habit of looking hard at people(disturb composure)
- works systemstically- piece info one at a time
- Sheila: "he's giving us the rope- so that we'll hang ourselves"
- figure of authority - "massively taking charge as disputes erupt between them"
- knows and understands extraordinary amount:
- history of Eva Smith
- knows things are going to happen, "i'm waiting... to do my duty"
- great hurry towards end, "i havent much time"- does he know real inspector is going to arrive?
- final speech like politicians- leaves family with a message about society
- all mystery suggests inspector is not a 'real' person?
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