Arthur Birling’s Outlook on Life

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Arthur birling’s outlook on life ´« a man has to make his own way-has to look after himself´ (J.B. Priestley, An Inspector calls,). Arthur Birling is a ³Hard-headed, practical businessman´ that neglects everyone except of himself and businessmen of his own status. «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´ (J.B. Priestley, An Inspector calls,) this is a quote from when the whole family has gathered around the dining table. They are celebrating Mr Birling’s daughters engagement to the heir of Crofts industry something that seems to be of big significance for Mr Birling, as the quote says ³the time when Crofts and Birling are no longer competing´ this shows that Arthur really can’t hold Private and Business relations aside, for him this day should be ³one of the happiest nights´ not because he sees the chance of joining two companies together to create an empire but because he’s daughter finally have found the right one. ³«for lower costs and higher prices´ This says that even though I will raise the prices and I will earn more I will still not let my employees have a penny more because that will lower my profit. This is his motto that is rephrased and put into different context but still sends out the same message ³a man has to make his own way´ meaning that everyone stands alone and that everyone has to take the consequences for their own actions and no one else should be left responsible. Another example is ³we employers at last are coming together to see that our interests ± and the interests of capital ± are properly protected´. «And unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable. That’s what you’ve got to keep your eye on, facts like that, progress like that«´. ³«and I tell you, by the time you’ll be living in a world that’ll have forgotten all these Capital

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