Mr Birling- An Inspector Calls quotes.

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What are Mr Arthur Birling's 4 key events?
1-Stage directions and dinner party.2-Arthur's main speech.3-His interrogation. 4-Aftermath of all interogations.
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Key event 1- First quote...
"Rather provincial in his speech"-Lower class background, now is middle class.Prejudiced against working class. Made money recently-through factory.Nouveau riche. Doesn't have manners,history or breeding of true upper class.
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Key event 1- Second quote..
"Means a tremendous lot to me"-Sheila's marriage important.He's selfish, sententious, isn't just happy for Sheila, he likes the benefits. Obsessed with money, social standing.
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Key event 1- Third quote...
"Lower costs,higher prices"-Cruel, profiteering, ruthless. Only cares about himself.
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Key event 1- Fourth quote..
"Titanic""Absolutely unsinkable"-Priestly alienating audience against Birling, makes him arrogant,idiotic on purpose.Titanic symbolises Birling's-Unsinkable.Titanic ship of inequality.Inspector/Eva is iceberg. Only see 10% above water,rest hidden.
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Key event 1- Fifth quote...
"There isn't a chance of war"-Angers audience to see man in 1912 predicting future.Play released 1946 after both WW's.
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Key event 1- Sixth quote..
"Knighthood"-Matters as he'll move up in Brumley hierarchy.Make Mrs Croft happy and secure his family into upper-middle class.
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Key event 1- Seventh quote..
"You seem to be like a nice, well behaved family"-Arrogant,it is not true.Dramatic irony "seem" suggests they don't know; appearances are deceptive.Hidden flaws and guilt revealed.
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Key event 2- First quote..
"A man has to make his own way"-Sums up selfish capitalist philosophy.
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Key event 2- Second quote..
"Cranks"-Like Priestley, socialists ridiculed by Birling for wanting to help weakest in society.
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Key event 2- Third quote..
"Bees in a hive-community and all that nonsense"-Birling thinks Idea of working together, mutual dependence is ridiculous. Inspector and Birling diametrically set up having opposite views.
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Key event 3- First quote..
"Yes,yes horrid business"-Utter apathy, doesn't care about working class, pretends to for respectable facade.
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Key event 3- Second quote..
"I refused, of course"-Selfish, thinks actions are justified. Shocked anyone would question him.
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Key event 3- Third quote..
"How do you get on with our chief constable, Colonel Roberts?"-Attempt to threaten Inspector.Over confident, arrogant.Inspector not phased by intimidation or name dropping.
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Key event 4- First quote..
"I'd give thousands, yes thousands"-Could suggest he's beginning to feel conscience or trying to get out of guilt.Moment doesn't last.Ironic, now offers thousands but wouldn't give shillings.
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Key event 4- Second quote..
"You're the one i blame for this"-Hasn't learned lesson.Won't accept blame.Won't admit to being wrong.
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Key event 4- Third quote..
"I was certain for a knighthood"-Only concerned for himself.
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