Point: The first description of Eric is shown in the stage directions when said Evidence:“In his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive” Explanation: in this quotation we learn more about the character Eric “early twenties” suggests that he is young and has a lot to look forward to in life. The word “half shy half assertive” suggests that Eric could be feeling awkward within the celebration of his sisters Sheila’s engagement also it could mean that he has mood swings.Overall this quotation indicates the audience that he might be dunk.
Point: Eric seems to know how to talk to members in his family as when he says Evidence: “Mother said” Explanation: In this quotation we see that Eric seems to have a lot of respect for Mrs Birling as when he says “mother” may suggest that even though Eric might be drunk he still is polite to his mum which emphasises that he really is generally respectful to the older generation also when coupled with him asking his father Mr Biring “what about war? may suggest that he has been influenced by his parents as in this quotation we see that he goes to his father for answers and their relationship seems to be quiet close. Overall Eric’s relationship with his parents seems close. The audience watching this in 1945 will expect this and will like Eric for respecting his parents. Priestley in this quotation tells us to be kind to the older generation. ACT 3 Point: Eric seems to gain more courage and faces his mother when he says Evidence: “Damn you, damn you-“Explanation: In this quotation we can see how much Eric has changed due to the inspectors arrival as he seems to take control of the situation and does not have that much respect for Mrs be as when he did when he called her “mother” the repetition in his speech emphasises that he is really ashamed of what his mum did also the “-“tells us that Eric seems to find it hard to take it in as he pauses. When the inspector says “young people are easily influenced” may suggest that Eric before he was influenced by his father which made him become into a alcoholic “can I have a drink first? but now he transforms as he does not want to make the wrong decisions in life.
The reason for his change of attitude to life could mean that he has been influenced by the inspector and is inspired by him for making him take control of his life. Overall in this quotation I can see that Eric seems to be generally upset about what had happened to Eva. The audience in 1945 will be shocked that he is using aggressive language to his mother but yet again understand that Eva carried his child and now they are both gone.Priestley tells us to be aware of the situation as you don’t know what your actions could lead into and that you could be influenced really easily so be careful. Point: Eric seems to be upset for the death of Eva smith Evidence: “my god – I’m not likely to forget” Explanation: in this quotation I can see that Eric has changed massively though out the play “-“ the pause in between his speech emphasis how sorry he feels and is finding it hard to take in.
Also the word “forget” indicates that Mr and Mrs Birling are willing to forget everything that happened but he has become his own man who is learning from his mistakes and makes up his decisions which seem to be leading him to the right path. Overall we can see that he is transforming into a mature man. The audience watching this gain a high opinion for Eric.
Priestley in this quotation tells us to not forget our mistakes but learn from them.Point: Eric faces reality when he says Evidence: “we all helped to kill her” Explanation: In this quotation we can see that Eric seems to be playing as a mouthpiece for Priestly as he is recapping everything that happened and also emphasises that they all played a part in Eva’s death. The word “we all helped” suggests that he does not want to let Mrs and Mr Birling get away with them thinking they had nothing to do with Eva’s death.The word “killed” makes me fell that the Birling family are murderers and coming from Eric this shows that he accepts the blame and also regrets it, the word also connotes death, anger. Overall we can see that Eric has changed into being a boy that is shy and quiet grown into a boy that is strong and independent. The audience watching this in 1945 will have respect for Eric as he is not hiding away from the truth and accepts his part and wants to make sure everyone else in the family accepts it too.Priestley in this quotation tells us to take responsibility for our own actions.
Point: Eric seems to face his father and tells him how he really feels. Evidence: “Because you’re not the kind of father a chap could go to when he is in trouble” Explanation: In this quotation we can see that Eric does not have a close relationship with his father. The word “you’re not the kind of father” suggests that Birling to Eric hasn’t really been a good father figure for him.
Also he seems to have much more strength then he did when he was very polite and respectful to Birling “yes please” Overall Eric Seems to have much more authority within the family and does stand up to Mr Birling due to the inspector’s arrival. The audience watching this will be shocked to see that the son went behind his fathers back and yet stood up to him and told him straight how he felt as people in 1945 had to respect the head of the household which was mainly the husband. Priestly in this quotation tells us to be honest with our feelings and not put on a mask and pretend that everything’s okay.