Mrs Birling - character

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Which of the Seven Deadly Sins does Sybil represent?
Wrath
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How does Sybil represent wrath (anger)?
Mrs Birling shows anger when Eva Smith uses her name, in what she believes is a spiteful way. She doesn't like anyone using her name without good reason. She is prejudiced against her case purely because she uses the Birling name. She is furious.
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Find two quotes that tell us that she is angry with Eva.
"it was simply a piece of gross impertinence" "The girl began by telling us a whole pack of lies" "it made me finally lost all patience with her" "it sounded ridiculous to me" "she'd impertinently made use of our name"
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How is Mrs Birling cold?
Mrs Birling is extremely unsympathetic when describing Eva Smith's position. She is described as "rather cold" in the stage directions and her character impacts the house, "it's not cosy or homelike".
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Find at least two quotes that tell us Sybil is cold.
"rather cold" "not cosy or homelike" "she was giving herself ridiculous airs" "a girl of that sort" "she was claiming elaborate fine feelings...absurd in a girl of her position."
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How is Sybil Birling snobbish?
She shows that she's snobbish when she critisises members of her family for behaviour she considers innappropriate. She shouts at Sheila for using slang. And she categorises the working class and Eva as "a girl of that sort". She has strong opinions.
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Find at least two quotes that show that Sybil is snobbish.
"You're not supposed to say such things." "What an expression, Sheila! The things you girls pick up these days" "a girl of that sort" "a girl of that class" "only herself to blame"
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How is Sybil Birling naive / blind?
She dismisses the idea that Eric is an alcoholic until it's pointed out by Gerald. She doesn't want to think that her son would do such a thing. And when Sheila hints that Gerald never saw Sheila last summer she simply says that men have work to do.
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Find at least two quotes that show Sybil Birling is naive and blind.
"men with important work to do have to spend almost all their time on their business." "surely you don't mean Alderman Meggarty" "we are learning something tonight" "It isn't true.
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Mrs Birling shows anger when Eva Smith uses her name, in what she believes is a spiteful way. She doesn't like anyone using her name without good reason. She is prejudiced against her case purely because she uses the Birling name. She is furious.

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