Words to describe him after Inspectors departure
No social responsibility
Own words to describe him before inspectors visit
What do you learn about the historical context through Birling
Stringent class system
Class influenced marriage
Lower class at upper classes disposal
Important quotations after his interrogation
"Yes. The girl had been causing trouble in the works. I was quite justified." - shows no remorse for his actions.
"I can't think they can be of any great consequence" - Selfish attitude to her death.
Important quotations before his interrogation
"I was an alderman for years - and Lord Mayor two years ago - and I'm on the bench." - attempting to intimidate and show off to the inspector.
"(after a pause, with a touch of impatience) Well, what is it then." - Views the inspector as wasting his time and is more concerned about the evening ahead.
Important quotations during his interrogation
"Oh - that's it, is it? Well, we've several hundred pound women there, y'know, and they keep changing." - views people as merely workers which maintain the income for his factory. Does not care about the unfortunate death of one of his employes.
"Yes, I do. She was one of my employees and then I discharged her." - 'Lower class' at his disposal.
personal response to this character
Unfazed by the truth.
Lacks social responsibility.
What he did to Eva Smith
Fired her from the post at his factory for starting a strike due to requesting slightly higher wage - which he refused.
Show how upper class individuals treated respected and viewed people of lower classes
Moments where character was involved in dramatic techniques
Mr Birling quickly interrupts his daughter "(cutting in) Just a minute, Sheila. Now, Inspector, perhaps you and I had better go and talk this over quietly in a corner-." -
gasps and interruptions.
Words spoken in response to Evas's death
"(rather impatiently) yes, yes. Horrid business. But I don't understand why you should come her inspector-." - Uninterested in Eva's death and more concerned if the family was involved.
How he is introduced in stage directions
"Is heavy looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech."