Inspector Calls Quotes Flashcards - Mr Birling

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“I’m talking as a hard-headed, practical man of business”
He is very self-confident and believes that his experience only is informative enough
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“The Germans don’t want war”/“…unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable”
The dramatic irony of Birling being so confident in his statements while they are so false shows his hubris
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“…a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own”
Priestly makes clear from the start his selfish attitude
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“It’s my duty to keep labour costs down.”
He views the wellbeing of his workers as secondary to his profits
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“If you don’t come down sharply on some of these people, they’ll soon be asking for the earth”
He is oblivious to the class differences of society and thus finds it outrageous that some people may ask for better treatment and a higher standard of living
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“Perhaps I ought to warn you that he’s an old friend of mine”/”He must have known I was and ex-Lord mayor and a magistrate and so forth”
He believes that his social prestige grants him authority and allows him to evade persecution
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“That fellow was a fraud and we have been hoaxed”/”…he could have been lying all the time”/”The whole story’s just a lot of moonshine”
He refuses to accept the fact that he has been exposed for his actions
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The dramatic irony of Birling being so confident in his statements while they are so false shows his hubris

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“The Germans don’t want war”/“…unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable”

Card 3

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Priestly makes clear from the start his selfish attitude

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He views the wellbeing of his workers as secondary to his profits

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He is oblivious to the class differences of society and thus finds it outrageous that some people may ask for better treatment and a higher standard of living

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