Gerald Croft is an upper class citizen! He is attractive ‘an attractive chap about thirty, rather too manly’
This is very important because CLASS is a major theme in the novel!
- Gerald is well mannered this is highlighted in the beginning of the play when he says.”Absolutely first-class”. He is ‘well bred’
Gerald is from an upper class family and is richer than the Birlings family. "Lady Croft - while she doesn't object to my girl - feels you might have done better for yourself socially." This quote tells us that he is richer than Birlings,
Gerald is described as “just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted." By Mr B .
Mr B Trust Gerald more than Eric “Just a knighthood, of course.”.
In the first act he has similar views to Mr Birling. He replies "You couldn’t have done anything else." When he finds out Birling fired Eva Smith.
· Gerald is shown as immoral for having an affair with Daisy Renton whilst seeing Sheila, however he does appear to be upset by what has happened and what he did. "(distressed) Sorry - I - well, I've suddenly relised - taken it in properly - that's she's dead-"
· Gerald is helpful and doesn’t care a lot about money like Mr B he says he helped Daisy. "she was desperatley hard up and at that moment was actually hungry. I made the people at the County find some food for her." "I want you to understand that I didn't install her there so that I could make love to her." He seems to adhere to traditional views concerning men and women, he tries to protect Sheila from hearing about his affair, not only because he wants to hide it from he but he fears she will be too weak willed and find it very upsetting. "Why should you it’s bound to be unpleasant and disturbing."
· Cant see what inspector was teaching him.
· In the end Gerald shows clearly that he believes nothing has changed. "Everything's all right now, Sheila. What about this ring?" He expects that Sheila will have gotten over it so soon and he believes that now that the situation is over everything can go back to normal, this shows quite a naive side of Gerald and shows that he has had no understanding of the lesson the Inspector was trying to teach and that he has little respect for Sheila.