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    does anyone have any quotes to show Mr Birling or Gerald Croft as selfish, and/or reasons why they are selfish. this would be really helpful, thank you so much
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    (Original post by elizaisaflop)
    does anyone have any quotes to show Mr Birling or Gerald Croft as selfish, and/or reasons why they are selfish. this would be really helpful, thank you so much
    I did Inspector calls at GCSE, One way that Arthur Birling is selfish is that he wants to get his daughter, Sheila married to Gerald just so that the two families unite and they make profit in business, "for lower costs, higher prices"- paying the workers less and getting profit out of it.

    Gerald is selfish because he keeps Eva smith (daisy renton) as his mistress
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    (Original post by elizaisaflop)
    does anyone have any quotes to show Mr Birling or Gerald Croft as selfish, and/or reasons why they are selfish. this would be really helpful, thank you so much
    middle class - mr birling

    high class - gerald croft

    gerald only used daisy renton when he was horny (made her his mistress) but threw her away and gave her some cash when he didn't need her

    mr birling refusing to raise the pay for the factory workers even though he has a lot of money.
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    "your engagement to sheila means a tremendous lot to me... when crofts and birlings are no longer competing but working together"mr birling is only happy with the engagement because it will mean his business will gain from it.
    "a man has to mind his own business and look after himself"
    mr birling emphasising his capitalist views and his concern only with himself and anything that affects him.

    the fact that he didn't give eva and the other workers a wage rise was only because he would financially lose from it. he didn't care about the welfare of the workers.

    i haven't done any quotes for gerald yet but he took in eva and the relationship only lasted so long because he enjoyed having a sense of power over eva/daisy.

    near the end of the play, he mentions the engagement again to sheila in the hope that they can rekindle their relationship- we don't know what his reasons are for the engagement, but the fact that he brought it up so soon may indicate he has little concern for eva.
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    thank you so much guys this really helped x
 
 
 
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