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Gerald Croft of "An Inspector Calls" for english class
Transcript of Gerald Croft of "An Inspector Calls" for english class
It is only in Act Three that Gerald finally apologizes: "I did keep a girl last summer. I’ve admitted it. And I’m sorry, Sheila"
He seems to show genuine remorse when he finds out that Eva Smith
Link to the theme of social class as well http://www.apclarke.freeserve.co.uk/geraldcroftprofile.htm
http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=104139 What happens to Gerald Throughout the play Gerald does not evolve much in terms of character, he stays neutral in the majority of the discussions
What does happen is that the other character's views on him change
He is first introduced as a kind gentleman that everyone respects: "You're just the kind of son in law I always wanted" -Mr. Birling (Act 1)
But he looses respect when he admits the following: "I went down into the bar for a drink. It's a favourite haunt of women of the town" (Act 2). Key Moments/ Quotations Relation to the theme of responsibility Gerald's background information Gerald's relationships - Name: Gerald Croft
- Family: Son of Sir George Croft and Lady Croft
- Social class: Heir to the Croft Industries, young aristocrat & in the high class
- Main Relationships: Engaged to Sheila
(their relationship remains undetermined
at the end of the play), the lover of Daisy
- Description: "an attractive chap about
thirty, rather too manly to be a dandy
but very much the easy well-bred
man-about-town." (stage directions,
Act 1) Gerald and Sheila His relationship to Sheila links him to the whole family.
"Perhaps 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." -Mr Birling (Act 1)
Seems eager to please Sheila's parents. When Birling praises the dinner, Gerald agrees enthusiastically: "Absolutely first-class" (Act 1)
Gerald is the one in the relationship that makes the decisions: "Oh! This is the ring you wanted me to have?" -Sheila Birling (Act 1)
"Well we didn't think you meant Buckingham palace." –Sheila Birling (Act 2) --> their relationship changes in act 2
"That's probably the best thing you've said tonight.At least it's honest…" - Sheila Birling (Act 2)
Gerald and Daisy When the Inspector arrives, the readers discover that Gerald had a fling with Daisy Renton a.k.a Eva Smith.
Gerald's kind and generous side is shown in this relationship.
He took her in while he did not know anything of her out of pity.
He had Daisy as his mistress and admitted that “any man would’ve loved that feeling” (Act 2). The feeling being that he was adored by another woman.
Mr. Birling and Gerald Qualified as a fake relationshipRelationship based on social status:
- Mr.Birling: "I'm delighted about this engagement (…) time of steadily increasing prosperity"
- Gerald: "I believe you're right sir".
Overall we see that Birling's only interest in knowing Gerald is for him to work with Crofts limited, and to raise the Birling’s social status. "I agree" & "My father would agree to that" (Act 1)
"We’re respectable citizens and not criminals’" (Act 1)
"Now listen darling -" (Act 1)
Gerald: "Yes. We can keep it from him." & Sheila: "(laughs rather hysterically) Why – you fool – he knows." (Act 1)
“Why stay when you’ll hate it?” (Act 2)
“Alright if you must have it”/“I did for a time” (Act 2)
“He waits a moment-then in, a low, troubled, tone, he said” (Act 2, stage directions)
“Well I was expecting this” (Act 2) Thank