ERIC BIRLING (Responsibility (Has some sense of responsibility (He was…
Has some sense of responsibility
Though he got a women pregnant he was concerned enough to give her money
He was more concerned for Eva's future than the fact that he'd stolen from his father
So despite the fact that his head wasn't in the right place, he meant well
Blames himself and his mother the most for Eva's death
When he discovers his mother had turned Eva away, driving her to suicide, he became mad rage
"you killed her -and the child she'd have had too- your own grandchild"
Despite his brutishness towards Eva
he does have a paternal side
Feels guilt and frustration over his thoughtless actions having such horrific consquences
"Oh -my God!- how stupid it all is!"
For him the most important thing was that a girl had died
"We did her in all right"
At the end of the play he and Sheila
are fully aware of social reponsibility
He knows that everything he has learnt from the inspector is true
Even though there was a possibility that the Inspector could have been a fake he was completely uninterested
in his parents attempts to cover everything up
adolescent in his manner
"Half shy, half assertive"
Drinks too much
Sheila describes him to be:
"I had gathered that he does drink pretty hard"
Supports the worker's cause just like Sheila:
"Why shouldn't they try for higher wages"
Appalled by his parents inability to admit their responsibility
He forcefully exclaims:
"I'm ashamed of you"
When Mr Birling threatens him he replies:
"I don't give a damn now"
This is most likely the first time hes stood up to his father
Attitude towards Eva's Death
Shows the same level of sympathy
and regret for Eva as Sheila
Though what he did was worse and at greater consequence