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Essay heading: "Each of you helped to kill her." Says the Inspector. Show exactly what part each member of the Birling family (and Gerald Croft). Played in the death of Eva Smith. Do you think that some characters are more guilty than others?
 
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Arthur Birling is the epitome of a middle-class business man, so much in fact, that his description is almost caricature in nature. He has the middle-class habit of using euphemisms when describing something unpleasant, such as when he inquired if Eva Smith "went on the streets," which means did she become a prostitute? He is a pompous, arrogant man who is never wrong (in his opinion) and whose only aim in life is to climb the social ladder; he only cares about himself and to a lesser extent his family...
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Arthur Birling is the epitome of a middle-class business man, so much in fact, that his description is almost caricature in nature. He has the middle-class habit of using euphemisms when describing something unpleasant, such as when he inquired if Eva Smith "went on the streets," which means did she become a prostitute? He is a pompous, arrogant man who is never wrong (in his opinion) and whose only aim in life is to climb the social ladder; he only cares about himself and to a lesser extent his family...
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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business   To Kill A Mockingbird: Prejudice Is Part Of Our Inherent Nature   Contrast to Show Understanding in Sherman Alexie's "Class"   "Each of you helped to kill her." Says the Inspector. Show exactly what part each member of the Birling family (and Gerald Croft). Played in the death of Eva Smith. Do you think that some characters are more guilty than others?   "?he's giving us the rope- so that we'll hang ourselves." To what extent do you agree with this description of the role of the Inspector?   Outsourcing The Middle Class   Shelia Birling   King Arthur: Fact or Fiction   To Kill A Mockingbird - Who Is The Most Guilty   Letter to family member on OCD   Working-Class Vs. Middle-Class Women     Low and Middle Class Business Owners Are Educated   Middle Class Blacks' Burden   On Being Black and Middle Class  
 
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