Arthur Birling

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A friend of mine went over this new liner last week - the Titanic - she sails next week
Symbolically, just as the Titanic is destined to sink, so too is Birling's political ideology, under the Inspector's interrogation.
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But take my word for it, you youngsters - and I've learnt in the good hard school of experience
According to him, experience proves that his point of view is correct, in contrast to the possibly more idealistic "youngsters."
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GERALD [laughs]: You seem to be a nice well-behaved family - BIRLING: We think we are -
Coming early in the play, these lines also exemplify Priestley's love of dramatic irony: the last thing the Birlings have been is well-behaved. These lines also suggest the alliance between Gerald and Birling, two men who share the same values, whose
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"it's exactly the same port your father gets."
he is aware of people who are his social superiors, which is why he shows off about the port to Gerald
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"I've got to cover this up as soon as I can."
He wants to protect his reputation. As the Inspector's investigations continue, his selfishness gets the better of him: he is worried about how the press will view the story in Act II
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According to him, experience proves that his point of view is correct, in contrast to the possibly more idealistic "youngsters."

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But take my word for it, you youngsters - and I've learnt in the good hard school of experience

Card 3

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Coming early in the play, these lines also exemplify Priestley's love of dramatic irony: the last thing the Birlings have been is well-behaved. These lines also suggest the alliance between Gerald and Birling, two men who share the same values, whose

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Card 4

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he is aware of people who are his social superiors, which is why he shows off about the port to Gerald

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Card 5

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He wants to protect his reputation. As the Inspector's investigations continue, his selfishness gets the better of him: he is worried about how the press will view the story in Act II

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