Flashcards in Gerald Croft Deck (5)
Name 5 qualities of Gerald's personality
He gets on well with Mr Birling and impresses Sybil
Respectable : "the easy we'll-bred young man-about-town"
Upper-class :"landed people and so forth"
A liar: "I wasn't telling you a complete lie"
Traditional: "I should say so!" Agreeing with Mr Birling.
He is relaxed and comfortable in the Birling's company.
He agrees with Mr Birling on politics and women and laughs st his jokes
He supports Mr Birling "you couldn't have done anything else"
Confident but stubborn
Does Gerald grow throughout the play?
NO - He doesn't seem to have learnt anything.
He has the ability to keep his public, respectable image from secret, private acts.
Gerald is upset when he first learns of Daisy's death, but he gets over it quickly.
Gerald's personality at the start of the play
At the beginning of the play Gerald appears to be very polite and well mannered. "Absolutely first-class" He seems to be enthusiastic and wants to fit in with the family. "I insist upon being one of the family now."
Gerald is from an upper class family and he is the Birling's social superior. Mr Birling makes this clear when he says. "Lady Croft - while she doesn't object to my girl - feels you might have done better for yourself socially." This creates unease between them but it also suggests that Mr Birling is very comfortable talking to Gerald. He describes Gerald as "just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted." He also opens up to Gerald about is knighthood "Just a knighthood, of course." but doesn't tell his own son about this.