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Flashcards in Mr Birling Deck (11):
1

"Hard-headed ...

... practical man of business"

2

"Lower costs ...

... and higher prices"

3

"German's ...

... don't want war"

4

"Unsinkable ...

... absolutely unsinkable"

5

"There'll be a ...

... public scandal"

6

"I ought ...

... to warn you that he's an old friend of mine"

7

"(A heavy-looking rather ...

... portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial)"

8

What is Mr Birling's contextual purpose?

• allegory for the middle class capitalist business men
- arrogant
- stupid
- archaic
- unrepentant
- traditionalist

9

What are Mr Birling's political veiws?

- capitalist = believe it's every man for himself, everything is based on what you own and how much money you have

10

How has Priestley presented Mr Birling?

- untrustworthy and ignorant
- he is stupid yet thinks he knows everything

11

Why does Priestley not want the audience to like Mr Birling?

- he disagrees with capitalist views and believes they need to change
- Priestley is trying to change the future
- if people don't like Birling they won't want the same views as him