Arthur Birling In J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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English – An Inspector Calls 1. Arthur Birling He seems to be a very stern and heavy man. He cares for his family, yet his business seems to be of higher importance to him. This is shown through how his daughter’s marriage appears to be merely a business opportunity to him rather than engaging his daughter into a life-long commitment. “You’re just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted. Your father 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 Birlings are no longer competing but are working together …” As Mr. Birling is new money and the Crofts are old money, he is intent on impressing Gerald and to being spoken of highly in later encounters. 2. Gerald Croft He is…show more content…
Edna Not a lot is mentioned or described about Edna. All that is known is that she is the Birlings parlourmaid and does her job well. 6. Eric Birling Described as being both shy and confident, he is shown as being not quite at a ripe age to join in with the more important discussions, but fits in well with the casual ones. He demonstrates a shallow understanding of the seriousness of some events and frequent immaturity. “I don’t know – really. Suddenly I felt I had to laugh.” Another example, after just hearing that Sheila is partly to blame for the death of the girl “My God, it’s a bit thick, when you come to think of it” 7. Inspector Goole Described as being a man of authority and creating an aura of intimidation and purposefulness. Goole appears to be a knowledgeable man and clearly knows how to interrogate people. He also doesn’t seem to care about being respectful to members of the upper class. “Perhaps I ought to warn you that he’s an old friend of mine, and that I see him fairly frequently. We play golf together sometimes up at the West Brumley. Goole: I don’t play

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