An Inspector Calls – Mr Birling Quotes/ Analysis

“I speak as a hard-headed business man.”
• Shows Mr Birling is hard-hearted.
• Shows pride in his hard-won success.

“A man has to make his own way – has to look after himself”
• Shows he is selfish
• he doesn’t care about anyone beyond his own family

“If you don’t come down hard on these people they’ll soon be asking for the earth.”
• He will not tolerate any threat to his wealth – even if it means being cruel.
• He does not see a connection between his actions and Eva’s death.
• No compassion.

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