1 Portrayed throughout the play to have distorted views and
who cares only for the prosperity for his own company,
sees himself as a 'hard headed business man"
1.1 "My job to keep labour
1.1.1 Comes across to the audience as greedy as not
concered about the welfare of his workers, Shows
he's driven by money,. Has distorted views - thinks
its just buisness
1.2 "She had a lot to say- far to much to
say had to go"
1.2.1 Doesn't let sentiment get in the way of
his success. no sympathy- Indicates he is
close minded and comes across as selfish
2 He is pompous and a social
climber,and uses his power
2.1 "How do you get on with Chief Constable,
Colonel Roberts...ought to warn you hes an
old friend of mine.
2.1.1 Using his power to defend and
lash out when he's impatient or
angry. Expects respects because
of his class
2.2 "Just a knight hood
2.2.1 Too confident, impressing Gerald
convincing him he may be knighted
2.3 "I know the Brumley police officers pretty
2.3.1 Impress/intimidate the inspector by showing how
he knows rich, powerful people.
2.4 "Might have
done better for
2.4.1 Aware of his class and worried about what the
crofts think - who is higher then them, shows hes
very concerned about how to raise his class, which
the marriage (alliance) will do, shows attitude
towards Sheila thinks her as a business opputunty
3 Birlings views introduced clearly- by making long, pointless
hyperbol speeches show his views as a firce captalist
3.1 "The TItanic-unsinkable"
3.1.1 Makes the audience lose trust in him and engages then through dramatic irony
as titanic was a tragic event. Shows he's optamistic about the future and dashes
mean pauses showing he's waffling/confused on what hes saying.
3.2 "They ll be peace and prosperity"
3.2.1 Likes to air his views, and monopilise the conversation suggesting he
has a high opinion of his own importance and shows he's a fool even
with his power making the audience dislike him. Also trying to impress
Gerald - showing he only cares about his own reputation.
4 Makes patronising points
about women and how they
view cothes and appearence
4.1 "Clothes mean something different to
women, not only something to wear and
not only something to make'em look
4.1.1 Colloquial language, suggests his attitudes
towards women, 'make em look prettier' shows
he objectifies women too
5 Through out the play, maintains the same views and
gradually exposing is beliefs. Cares much about
appearance and struggles to look beyond a deeper
5.1 "i take no responsability"
5.1.1 Shows knows sympathy or compassion for the dead
girl. Unable to learn anything, shows that it's too late to
change the old generation
5.2 "He produces a huge sigh
5.2.1 Realizes inspector is fake as worried about his
reputation, meaning he's self-cencenterd
5.3 "I'll give thousands-
5.3.1 Resolve problem with his wealth and when his public
figure is threatened he'd give anything. shows how
selfish he is
5.4 "Eric, what wrong with you"
5.4.1 Neglects his son, blind to what his kids does- thinks
they have a lot to learn about the world.