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1

How is Eric immature

he and his sister are in their twenties but bicker, and he says in Act 1 'she's got a nasty temper sometimes - but she's not bad really' as a way of wishing her congratulations on her engagement

2

How is Eric unfeeling

he took advantage of Eva, and used her - 'I wasn't in love with her (...) she was pretty and a good sport' - in saying she's 'pretty', Eric appears materialistic/superficial (he cares about her exterior) and it reinforces the idea that he doesn't know her personality at all

3

Eric's relationship with his father

Eric's relationship with his father is not great - he tells Mr Birling that 'you're not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble' - this could link to why he's described in Act 1 as 'not quite t ease, half-shy, half-assertive' - he does not have the support at home, and this could also be why he turned to alcohol in the first place

4

"shy" & "assertive"

Adjective "shy" - links his unease within the family and the sense of isolation and abandonment that he feels towards his parents. Adjective "assertive" - suggests he has confidence in some ways.