How do the characters in 'An Inspector Calls' abuse their power?


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How do the characters in 'An Inspector Calls' abuse their power?
  1. THESIS STATEMENT: all the characters abuse their power but it is Sheila & Eric who admit that it was wrong
    1. Arthur Birling let his arrogance shine through by refusing to listen to the worker's appeal to a pay rise & instead fired them: "I went down myself & told them to clear out"
      1. He does not think he is to blame for Eva's unfortunate outcome: "The girl had been causing trouble in the works. I was quite justified"
      2. Sheila let her insecurities take over her morals & "went to the manager at Milwards and I told him that if he didn't get rid of that girl, I'd never go near the place again"
        1. She admits that she was wrong & feels guilty about it: "I felt rotten about it at the time and now I feel a lot worse"
        2. Gerald used her to feed his sexual desires & paid for her food & accomodation to ensure that he could return to her whenever he liked : "I discovered... that in fact she hadn't a penny... so I insisted on Daisy moving into these rooms"
          1. He does seem passionate about Eva & does show some affection for her: "I've suddenly realized - taken it in properly - that she's dead"
          2. Mrs Birling denied Eva's request for help from her charity after she used the family's name: "I didn't like her manner... so I used my influence to have it refused"
            1. She doesn't think she was wrong in what she did at all: "I'm sorry she should have come to such a horrible end. But I accept no blame for it at all"
            2. Eric threatened to cause an argument with her if she didn't abide to his request to make love, made her pregnant& stole money from his father but only funded for her needs for a short period of time: "I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty - and I threatened to make a row"
              1. He feels genuinely sorry for what he did: " My God - I'm not likely to forget"
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