An Inspector Calls

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'its isn't as if you can go and work somewhere else'
this suggests the he understands the unfairness of his father's statement, and therefore of his treatment of the workers.
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'he could have kept her on instead of throwing her out. i call it tough luck'
this alludes the difference in the attitudes between Birling/Gerald and Eric.the audience would expect father/son views to be the same. ' throwing' empathesis the merciless nature in which Eva was treated. 'tough' empathasises the lack of compassion
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'i was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty'
'chap' generalises it, as though Eric is struggling to take full responsibility at this point for his own actions. 'i was in that state' again shows not fully taking responsibility for his action, which makes the audience question if it is the alcoho
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'in a way, she treated me as if i were a kid'
this suggests Eric's lack of control in the situation. he was not responsible enough to make the decisions and the word 'kid' makes Eric seem more vulnerable.
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'because you're not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble'
this alludes to the fact that the problems in their relationship and this is response to Birling worrying about how he has to 'cover this up' shows that Birling's worries are still not about his son, but about his business and reputation
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'you don't understand anything. you never did.'(to Mrs Birling)
this implies that there relationship is stained with both parents.
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'he was our police inspector all right'
this suggests that Eric understands that it doesn't matter if he was a real inspector or not, he illuminated the true nature of the family.
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'whoever the chap was, the fact remains that i did what i did'
Eric is able to take his responsibilities for his action, despite the fact that the inspector may not have been an inspector and the word 'remains' shows that he cannot forget what he done
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'the girl's dead and we all helped to kill her and that's what matters'
'we all' aludes it is a collective responsibility to her death, 'girl' makes her seem younger and more vulnerable, showing the guilt he may be feeling, which is drawing sympathy from the audience.
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'that doesn't matter to me. that one i knew is dead'
this suggests that he feels sympathy for the girl and he is very much focused on the girl rather than himself.
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'what about war?'
Eric challenges his father
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'he could have kept her on instead of throwing her out. i call it tough luck'

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this alludes the difference in the attitudes between Birling/Gerald and Eric.the audience would expect father/son views to be the same. ' throwing' empathesis the merciless nature in which Eva was treated. 'tough' empathasises the lack of compassion

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'i was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty'

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Card 4

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'in a way, she treated me as if i were a kid'

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Card 5

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'because you're not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble'

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