Sheila and Arthur Brling

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Paragraphs on contrasting Arthur Birling and Sheila Birling Arthur Throughout the whole of the play we are able to see that Arthur Birling does not care about the death of Eva Smith. This links in to the fact that is shows he is not taking responsibility for the suicide. Birling states, “Well, don’t tell me that’s because I discharged her from my employment nearly two years ago.” From this short statement we are able to deduce that Birling is always very dismissive of the idea that he had anything to do with the death of Eva Smith. This statement also shows that in a way Birling is worried in case the Inspector finds another alternative meaning. To continue, it could also be said that Arthur Birling is in a way a coward as he not willing to take responsibility for his part in the suicide. Linking in to this, we are able to understand that Arthur Birling doesn’t want to be a part of the enquiry and that he wants the Inspector to start interrogating other members of the family. The phrase “don’t tell me…” is extremely interesting because from this we are able to see that Arthur Birling doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore and that he is not going to stand up for anyone else’s nonsense on his actions. At the end of the play, he knows he has lost the chance of his knighthood, his reputation in Brumley and the chance of Birling and Co. merging with their rivals. Yet he hasn't learnt the lesson of the play: he is unable to admit his responsibility for his part in Eva's death. Sheila From her actions in the play, especially during Act One, we are able to conclude that Sheila Birling is actually a very nice person at heart and that she shows great emotion over the death of Eva Smith. This is in stark contrast to the view of her father Arthur Birling. Sheila states “Oh-how horrible! Was it an accident?” To the reader, this shows that deep

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