Eric Birling - Character

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Which of the Seven Deadly Sins does Eric represent?
Gluttony, sloth and lust.
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How does Eric represent sloth?
Eric doesn't get a job to pay to support Eva/Daisy, instead he steals 50 pounds from his father's business.
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Find one quote which tells us that Eric represents Sloth.
"I insisted on giving her...about fifty pounds." "You stole the money?"
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How does Eric represent Gluttony?
Eric is a heavy drinker and a drunk. He is an alcoholic, and he indulges on port and whisky.
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Find one quote which tells us that Eric represents Gluttony.
"familiarity with quick-heavy drinking" "Take decanter and helps himself"
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How does Eric represent lust?
He is unable to control his sexual desires when he sees Eva/Daisy and it results in getting her pregnant.
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Find one quote which tells us that Eric represents lust.
"In the Palace Bar" "my child" "she was going to have a baby"
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How does Eric change throughout the play?
At the beginning of the play, Eric is lacking confidence and he lets his father overrule and over-power him. But by the end of the play, he has learned how to stand up for himself and starts shouting back.
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How is Eric lacking confidence at the beginning of the play?
Eric doesn't stand up for himself, or assert all his power. Instead he lets his father overrule him and interrupt him.
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Find one quote that tells us that Eric is lacking confidence at the beginning of the play.
"half shy, half assertive" "Yes, I know - but still -"
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How is Eric more assertive by the end of the play?
Eric starts to stand up for himself and he shouts at his parents.
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Find one quote which tells us Eric is assertive by the end of the play.
"you're not the kind of father a chap would go to" "almost threatening her" "shouting"
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How does Eric feel socially repsonsible for his actions?
Eric is fully regretful and remorseful about his part in her life which lead her to death. He accepts that what he did was wrong and has learnt from his mistakes. He can't help but be upset that he had a part in her life which lead to her death.
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Find 2 quotes that tell us that Eric feels socially responsible for his actions.
"It's what happened to the girl, what we did to her that matters" "I still feel the same about it." "My God - I'm not likely to forget."
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Find two quotes which tells us that Eric feels unloved.
"You don't understand anything. You never did. You never even tried." "You're not the kind of father a chap could go to..."
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Find one quote which makes Eric seem irresponsible.
"I didn't even remember - that's the hellish thing"
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Find one quote which makes Eric seem sensitive.
"My God - I'm not likely to forget." "(Involuntarily) My God!"
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