Arthur Birling - An Inspector Calls

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A close look and analysis of important quotes about Mrs. Birling, his characteristics and believes.

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Arthur Birling - An Inspector Calls
1 Page 1
1.1 'Heavy - looking man, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech.'
1.1.1 Description of Arthur, which already shows his posture.
1.1.2 'Heavy - looking' not only describe his shape (slightly overweight), but also shows that he weight/ value his own opinion than facts.
2 Page 2
2.1 'He push it towards Eric' (the port)
2.1.1 Clearly Arthur doesn't realize what problems his son have, this also prove his words, that a man should only care about himself.
3 Page 4
3.1 To Gerald - 'Your farther and I have been friendly rivals in business for some time now - though Crofts Limited are both older and bigger than Birling and Company - and now you've brought us together, and perhaps we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birling are no longer competing but are working together - for lower costs and higher prices.
3.1.1 Always talk about work, even on his daughter engagment party, in his main speech he bring up work and how fortunate he is to be able to bring both companies together.
4 page 6 / 7
4.1 'hard- headed business-man'
4.1.1 Birling in all his talks is stubborn and faithful to old ideas and not at all keen to listen to new ones.
4.1.2 He believes he is practical and logical in his work.
4.2 'I say there isn't a chance for war.' 'the Titanic... she sails next week...forty six thousand eight hundred tons...and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.
4.2.1 This show how naive Birling is and how stubborn he really is about what he believes in.
5 page 9/10
5.1 '...a man has to take his own way - has to look after himself - and his family too, of course... But the way some of those cranks talk and write...everybody has too look after everybody else... all mixed up together like bees in hive'
5.1.1 Birling is very selfish in his way of being believing that all he must care about is himself and not anybody else. also the idea of 'bees in hive' show that Birling strongly believe that people of different classes should not be together as one community.
6 Page 12
6.1 'Horrid business.But I don't understand why you should come here...'
6.1.1 He clearly does not take the responsibility for death of Eva Smith. This link back to his believe the man only should care about himself, also as the girl was from lower class than he is, he consider her as someone not imporbtant and even more he push the resonsibility away from himself.
7 page 13
7.1 'We've been modestly celebrating his engagement to my daughter, Sheila'
7.1.1 He is always about his own life and goods, this show how selfish and irresponsible Birling is.
8 page 15
8.1 'It is my duty to keep the labour cost down.'
8.1.1 Birling cares only about himself, and completely forget about the dead girl.
9 page 23
9.1 Sheial about her farther: ' he didn't seem to think it amounted to much'
9.1.1 Again this shows that Birling cannot take any responsibility and care for others.
10 page 33
10.1 ' Inspector, I've told you before, I don't like your tone nor the way you're handling this inquiry. And I don't propose to give you much more rope.'
10.1.1 Birling shows that he think that because of his higher social status he is better than the inspector and that he is in the control of the situation.
10.1.2 'giving the rope': to allow someone to do what they want to, knowing that they will probably fail or get into trouble
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