Mrs Birling character analysis


Mrs Birling


upper class lady.

mother to eric and sheila.

refused eva help.


capitalism and its supporters

ignorance ( especially to the lower classes)


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.


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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