How is Gerald Croft presented in the play An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley?
Gerald Croft is presented as being much the same as the Birling's - self-centred, selfish, conceited, privileged and spoilt. Eva Smith has been as much a victim with him as she has been with the Birlings. He manipulates and uses her and when he has had enough of her, discards her. He believes that his money and privilege entitles him to do as he pleases with her and he tries to whitewash his guilt by providing her with money and a temporary home.
In Act One, we find that Gerald shares the same kind of perspective about things as his future father in law. They especially agree about their position and the accumulation of wealth. When Mr. Birling states the following, he agrees wholeheartedly:
We employers at last are coming together to see that our interests – and the interests of capital – are properly protected. And we're in for a time of steadily increasing prosperity.
He comes across as a sycophant, agreeing with practically everything Mr. Birling says, no matter how illogical...
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