Berling Character Analysis

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How does Priestley show the tension at the heart of the Berling Family?-Rafael Coseteng In Act 1 Priestley showed the tension between the members of the Berling family through their interactions with one another. It was also displayed from the unusual way they act as a family, especially when inspector Goole arrives. Arthur Berling treats his son with very little respect, often mocking him or telling him to shut up before he can finish his sentence. When Eric is just asking an innocent question to the inspector, his father attacks him. “Just keep quiet, Eric, and don’t get excited”. This clarifies how harsh a father Arthur is to Eric and how strained the relationship between both of them is. Instead of politely asking Eric to stay silent, he just shut him out completely with a “Just keep quiet”. Arthur also incorrectly attacked Eric by saying “don’t get excited” when Eric wasn’t even showing excitement as he was only curious about a supposed suicide. When Eric was being mocked by his own father and Gerald and he tried to defend himself, Arthur attacked him further. Eric felt insulted by Gerald’s comment and just stated uneasily “Well, I don’t think that’s very funny”. Arthur retorted viciously, “What’s the matter with you?” unnecessarily overreacting to a small comment made by Eric. Eric did nothing wrong, he just tried to defend himself from being laughed at, but his father obviously found his objecting to be heinous. Eric is hardly allowed to make any points or ask
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