Why do you think Eric doesn't ask for Mr. Birling's help instead of stealing the money?
There are several possible reasons that Eric may have chosen to steal rather than ask for help. He may have thought that his father would refuse to help him and throw him out of the family, leaving Eric without money or prospects. He may simply have hoped to clear up the whole situation without causing a scandal within the family. He may have been too proud to admit the truth.
Here, you may wish to discuss the relative morality of Eric's thievery: though it is the only true breach of the law that anyone present has committed, it is also the only instance of a Birling...
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