Mr Arthur Birling
- Sacked Eva from his Factory
- He accepts no responsibilty for Evas death
- He fired her because she asked for a higher wage.
- When he finds out its been a hoax he still doesn't accept any responsibility.
- Dramatic Irony when he says about how the Germans will never start a war, just before the second world war and when he says the titanic will never sink.
- Alderman for years; Lord Mayor 2 years ago; Still on the bench; Friends with the Chief Inspector"
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- "A man has to make his own way-has to look after himself"
- "It's my duty to keep labour costs down"
- "Oh well - put like that theres something in what you say. Still, I can't accept any responsibilty. If we all were responsible for everything that happened to everyone we'd had to do with, it would be very awkward wouldn't it?"
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Mrs Sybil Birling
- Works at the Brumley Womens Charity Organisation
- Loyal to Mr Birling
- Looks down and couldn't care less about the working class
- In denial about Eric
- Cares about her public image greatly
- She turned Daisy away from the Brumley womens charity when she asked for help
- She turned Daisy away because she called herself Mrs Birling; Predjudice
- Drops Eric in it when talking about it should be the father who pays for the child
- Doesn't accept responsibilty after she finds out its a hoax
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- "Go look for the father of the child, It's his responsibilty"
- (To Eric) "But I didn't know it was you"
- (Patronising) "You seem to have made a great impression on the child Inspector"
- (Patronising) "You ought to go to bed"; "Really the things you girls pick up these days" (To Shelia)
- "Girls of that class" (Snob)
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- Pressures Milwards into sacking Eva when she believed Eva had laughed at her for trying on an unsuitable dress.
- Admits Jelousy over Evas beauty
- Getting Engaged to Gerald Croft
- Recognises that there is something unusual about the Inspector
- Samrt; Links it all together
- Feels responsible
- Only one who is open about Erics drink problem
- Shelia behaves at first like a spoilt child.
- She is protected by her parents
- Shelia is CHANGED; By the end of the play she has learnt something
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- "And I know i'm to blame - and i'm desperatley sorry"
- "So i'm really responsible?"
- "These girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"
- (Writers description) "Pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited"
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- He is an aristocrat; The son of Lord and Lady Croft. We realise they are not over imnpressed by Geralds engagement to Shelia because they declined the invitation.
- Not as willing as Shelia to admit his part in Evas death
- Knew Eva as Daisy Renton
- Did have some genuine feelings for Daisy and is very moved by her death.
- He arranged for Daisy to live in his friends flat "because I was sorry for her", she became his mistress because "she was young and pretty and warm hearted-and intensly grateful"
- Tries to come up with as much evidence as possible to prove that the inspector is a fake, to get him of the hook.
- Throws his energies into protecting himself rather than changing himself
- NOT gained a new sense of social responsibility; This is why shelia is unsure about whether to take the ring back.
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- Described as "an attractive chap about 30, rather too manly to be a dandy but very much the easy well-bred man about town"
- To Shelia "So - for Gods sake- don't say anything to the inspector"
- "Because i was sorry for her!"
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- Acts guilty at the start when Gerald and Arthur joke he's done something wrong
- Can't talk to his parents about his problems
- Eva was just a good time
- Describes Eva as "pretty" and a "good sport"
- Offers to marry eva when he got her pregnant
- Steals for Eva but she doesn't accept
- Takes Evas side, aggres with Shelia
Act 1 foreshadows the rest of the play
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- Describes Arthur as "Not the sort of man you can turn to"
- He "threatened to make a row" when Eva wouldn't let him in
- Agrees with Shelia: "Why shouldn't these girls try for higher wages?"
- "The money is not the important thing. It's what happened to the girl and what we did that matters"
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- Doesn't like people who are snobs eg. Mr and Mrs Birling
- In control of the entire play
- Not who he seems
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- "We are responsible for each other"
- "This girl killed herself - and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her"
- "We don't live alone. We are members of one body."
- "Public men Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges"
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