An Inspector Calls - Mr Birling

What is Mr (Arthur) Birlings' Purpose in An Inspector Calls?
Head of the Birling House. To project the views of a cabalist
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What does Mr B refuse to do?
He refuses to backdown from the inspector when it is suggested he is to blame for Eva Smiths Death.
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When he refuses to back down, what does this reflect?
It reflects his lack of social responsibility and justice in his character
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Wha is one thing Mr Birling lacks?
Social Etiquette
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Key Words
Powerful, Selfish and Patronising
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Quote for the key word - Powerful
"I was an alderman for years and a Lord Mayor two years ago"
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Quote for the key word - Selfish
"And now you've brought us together"
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Quote for the key work - Patronising
"Just let me finish Eric. You've a lot to learn yet"
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Explanation for the quote - "I was an alderman for years and a Lord Mayor two years ago"
This shows just how powerful Mr Birling is and backs up to his social status
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Explanation for the quote - "And now you've brought us together"
All Mr Birling cares about is his business, how he can become more successful and how things effect his social status
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Explanation for the quote - "Just let me finish Eric. You've a lot to learn yet"
He is telling Eric to stop speaking because Mr Birling has a lot to teach and tell him and how to act when you have a high social status
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Description of Mr Birling
"Heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial speech"
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When is dramatic irony used with Mr Birling
When he is optimistic for the future and is confident that there will not be a war. But the audience knows there will be a war. We should begin to doubt his judgements
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What does he want to protect and why?
Himself and his family. He believes the socialist ideas that stress the importance of the community are "nonsense" and that "a man has to make his own way"
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What else does he want to protect?
His company 'Birling and Co'. He doesn't see he did anything wrong when he fired Eva. He was just looking after his buisness interests
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What does Mr B refuse to do?

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He refuses to backdown from the inspector when it is suggested he is to blame for Eva Smiths Death.

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When he refuses to back down, what does this reflect?

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Card 4

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Wha is one thing Mr Birling lacks?

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Key Words

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