Mr Birling- ' I can't accept any responsibility.'
Shiela ( to Mr and Mrs Birling) - 'you're beginning all over again to pretend nothing much happened.'
Mrs B. (Talking about Eric) - 'I blame the young man who was the father of the child' ##
##. In this quote, it was when Mrs Birling is being told her involvement with Eva Smith. She had the chance to help Eva but didn't decide to. She then instantly goes to blame Eva and then the 'young man' being Eric. This quote sums up Mrs Birling up in one quote showing that she is a selfish, arrogant, dishonest person with her always trying to get out of this guilt and make others take responsibility. This attitude comes from he being a upper class citizen and thinking that she is always right and better than others.
Politics is also shown throughout the whole book with Mr Birling representing capitalist views and the Inspector and partly Shiela showing socialist views. Quotes:
Shiela - 'Girls aren't cheap labour - there people' pg 19. This quote is a socialist view opinion as socialist represent equality and that all differences should be settled and everybody should have everything equal such as rights and money in a community. This makes the reader think it is unfair on these women because we are all human so why is it so unfair. This is showing socialist views in a good light which is what Priestley wanted.
Mr Birling - 'we employers at last are coming together to see that our interests- and the interests of Capital' pg 6
Mr Birling - 'Probably a socialist or some sort of crank'
Wealth and power (class)
When the play was set ( just before WW1) class division was a very strong part of society and the hierarchy system would effect your life significantly. It also changed people's attitudes
'He didn't belong to her class'
'Girls aren't cheap labour - they're people'
'I went to the manage and told him the girl had been very impertinent'. Shiela had used her power as her being a higher class person and good customer at Milwards to get Eva sacked from her job which demonstrates how unfair it was for lower class citizens in work and how little power they have. She got Eva out of her job just because of her jealousy.
In the time of the setting of the play, women were not valued as well as men. They didn't have the vote or any politic power. They would either have to marry well to have a good enough life or struggle with a low payed job or even prostitution. Quotes showing this:
'Girls aren't cheap labour - they're people'.
Gerald- 'Young and fresh and charming'. These adjectives are not really the true way of what Gerald did as he is describing her as a vulnerable women that he would have some fun with. He knew he was not going to have any relationship with her but just used her and left her in an even worse mess. This shows how less valued women were than men.
'She's had a long and exciting tiring day' ( saying Shiela should be excused.)