It seems that the Inspector knows the answer to everything he asks, but wants the family to admit to various instances of wrongdoing. They have both learnt a lesson. Birling believes that capitalist principles of individual willpower and the protection of company profits are good for business and good for society.
Inspector Goole begins by telling Arthur that a girl named Eva Smith has killed herself, and Arthur recalls a girl of that name in his employ whom he dismissed because she asked for a raise.
This shows that she is not an individual case, but rather an example of several other working class people who were terrorised by the carelessness of the higher classes.
What does Eric do? She dominates the action of the play invisibly. He expects to be respected by others around the local area. Nothing could be worse for me. This is an action that induces humiliation for the upper class; despite being so low in social position her morals were higher than any of the Birlings.
On the night the play takes place, he is hosting a dinner at which Gerald Croft and his daughter Sheila are guests of honor.
He is an example of the people in the higher class with respectable morals, who are held back by their own people and traditions.
Eric works part-time at the family business and has a drinking problem that he hides, with some success, from his parents and sister. The inspector says there are "millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left" and their chances of happiness are "intertwined with our lives", making Eva Smith the central character.
Guilty conscience, unable to handle responsibility of blame. In the play, she represents the silent, invidisible and powerless members of society. What does Sheila do? This is her internal conflict between the views she has been brought up with and the views she knows are right.
Read an in-depth analysis of Eric Birling. The Young Women Challenge the Stereotypes: His language emphasises this; he results to insulting, highlighting his helplessness and true powerlessness.
What Does Gerald Do? This revelation is again undercut when, at the very close of the play, Arthur receives word that an unnamed girl has died in the local hospital from ingesting disinfectant.An Inspector Calls Play An Inspector Calls- How Priestly Presents Arthur Birling Compare the ways the contrast between two fathers and their daughters are made interesting in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’.
An Inspector calls Character profiles Arthur Birling Husband of Sybil, father of Sheila and Eric. Priestley describes him as a "heavy-looking.
Although the Inspector criticizes Gerald’s affair with Daisy, the Inspector notes that Gerald is perhaps the least culpable, and most morally upright, of all the characters.
Inspector Goole - A representative, supposedly, of the local police force, sent to investigate Eva Smith/Daisy Renton’s suicide. The inspector says there are "millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left" and their chances of happiness are "intertwined with our lives", making Eva Smith the central character.
The inspector tells the Birlings, and the audience, to behave responsibly towards other (Priestley's Message). A PowerPoint with the key quotes for each character in An Inspector Calls linked thematically. Could be used as posters or revision booklets.4/4(1).
Guide to An Inspector Calls: Summary, analysis, character profiles and activities. Everything you need to understand and teach J.B.
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