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After the opening scene of An Inspector Calls how's the audience prepared for the rest of the play?

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Introduction

After the opening scene of An Inspector Calls how's the audience prepared for the rest of the play? The events in an Inspector Calls can be guessed at by Mr. Birling's Speeches, in which various hints are given to the audience as to the events later in the play. Filled with dramatic irony just before the inspector arrives sets the tone for the rest of the play. When looking back at the opening scene once you have finished the play you think that it is so obvious what is going to happen by the huge amount of clues that are given and how you did not guess what was going to happen. The stage directions also offer clues to the later events in the play. ...read more.

Middle

In the first scene Mr. Birling says, "You'd think that everybody has to look after everybody else, as if were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community". Then in the Inspectors final speech he says, "we don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other." Mr. Billing's last shred of credibility is gone, everything that he has said has been wrong. Mrs. Birling is from a higher social back round than her husband Mr. Birling. When the inspector questions her later in the play she uses this to place herself above the situation. When we learn that she refused the girl Eva Smith help she refuses to take any responsibility for her suicide or turning down her appeal for help. ...read more.

Conclusion

The inspector's final speech brings the points that Mr. Birling made at the beginning of the play. This speech contradicts everything that Mr. Birling said in his speeches and signals what the audience thinks is the end of the play. The characters' after drawing the conclusions that someone had played a cruel trick on them, reassure themselves that they have done nothing wrong and that they would keep the ordeal to themselves. But when the phone rings and an inspector tells them that a girl has died in the infirmary and wants to ask them questions, they are in shock. This raises the question who was inspector Goole? And weather he could be a form of conscience that try's to wake the Birling's from their dream world in which they can do no wrong. The inspector does thin in his final speech, contradicting all of the Birling's beliefs. Frank Cantwell ...read more.

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