A closer look at. Mr Birling. A self-made man. The opening scene establishes Mr Birling as a powerful man- in society and in his own family. An impressive CV. So far, he has been: A magistrate Lord Mayor A prosperous employer, owner of Birling and Co And in future...
The opening scene establishes Mr Birling as a powerful man- in society and in his own family.
So far, he has been:
And in future...
And he is wrong about:
The author’s purpose is to establish him as a powerful and influential man- who is nevertheless mistaken about many things.
When the Inspector arrives, Mr Birling tries to patronise and intimidate him: How do you get on with our Chief Constable, Colonel Roberts....We learn that he sacked Eva Smith, a ringleader of a strike at Birling and Co, who wanted an increase of two shillings and sixpence (12 ½ pence). He shows no interest in the fate of Eva Smith after she left his factory and denies any responsibility for her. I was quite justified.
You'll apologize at once ... I'm a public man -
Public men, Mr. Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges.
But take my word for it, you youngsters - and I've learnt in the good hard school of experience - that a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own - and -
We hear the sharp ring of a front door bell.
A friend of mine went over this new liner last week - the Titanic - she sails next week - forty-six thousand eight hundred tons - forty-six thousand eight hundred tons - New York in five days - and every luxury - and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.