•Mr Birling is a self-important man. •He has a strong belief in his own position of power •He wants to be accepted into society and is proud of his humble start in life. •He has a narrow view of the world •He prefers to believe in what suits his purpose.
•The inspector uses the expression “a chain of events” (act one, p. 14) quite early on. •The method of questioning each member of the family in turn adds to this sense of there being a chain reaction. •The deliberate mention of the time of each event links to what one character has done to what the next one questioned has done. •There are aspects of the girls description, manor or behaviour that are common to more than one characters memory of her.