Mrs Birling character analysis

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Mrs Birling

overview:

upper class lady.

mother to eric and sheila.

refused eva help.

represents:

capitalism and its supporters

ignorance ( especially to the lower classes)

analysis:

in the sense of it being a morality play:

she represents two of the seven deadly sins: wrath and pride.

naive- doesn't think there is a problem in her family at all.

reinforced by stage directions "pink and intimate lighting" which is ruined by the Inspector- he is here to pop their bubble.

the fact the staging doesn't change also supports the idea the whole family are stuck in their own little bubble.

pride:

she is proud of her social class, and her family name:

"First she called herself Mrs Birling!" "her husband's social superior"

use of stage directions:

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