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Arthur Birling and Inspector Gooles philosophies on life and society contrast throughout the play For most of the play Sheila Eric and Mrs Birling are fully behind Mr Birling and his philosophies but towards the end of the play Eric and Sheila effectively switch sides and begin to back Inspector Gooles philosophies on life and society Mr Birling is a strong believer in stratas and classes in society he believes he is in the upper class In act 1 Mr Birling says Im still on the bench It may be something about a warrant This shows that he does put in some effort and do his part for the community He always striving to get that little bit more respect in the town and is always worried about his reputation and what other people think of him He also believes everyone should look after themselves he has a very self-centred view on life Most of Mr Birlings philosophies revolve around money and profit On the other hand Inspector Goole has a totally different view on life He believes that everyone is equal and we should have collective responsibility for each other Mr Birling and Inspector Goole certainly have very different views and opinions The first point in the play where Mr Birling reveals to the audience that his life revolves around profit is Page 4 Act 1 Mr Birling is toasting Sheila and Geralds engagement In his speech he congratulates them and wishes them a happy life Nearly a quarter of this paragraph is taken up by Mr Birling talking about Crofts Limited and Birling and Company working better together He says we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together for lower costs and higher prices He feels every person should look after themselves work hard and make money Inspector Gooles theory is exactly the opposite the opposite These views contrast a
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