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An Inspector Calls 'The play is a rather simple class play, the middle class being all bad and the working class being all good.' Do you agree with this statement? Discuss. An Inspector Calls is a play set in Edwardian England in the spring of 1912, just before World War 2. The plot of "An Inspector Calls" is about a police inspector who interrupts an elegant engagement dinner to question the family and their guests about an unusual suicide of a young working-class girl called Eva Smith. In 1912, social class was divided into separate classes, working class was one of them. The working women were expected to do long tough days in the factories working by harsh rules and then were still expected to look after the family and do housework. In those times though social class was everything, middle class had power over the working class and the men had power over the women. Eva Smith was a working woman who hadn't had a very fair life, her parents had died, she had no money and when she finally got a decent job she was fired from her work place for asking for a raise. ...read more.


She then herself goes on to be questioned by the inspector and after revealing her story, she quotes 'So I'm really responsible?' this shows that she can admit when she is wrong, unlike her father. The Inspector probably thinks more highly of her than Mr Birling now and maybe secretly has taken a liking to her, because they seem to have the same sort of views and thoughts on the situation. After this scene the audience should like Sheila to an extent now, because she has come across as the more considerate and kind one of the play. At the end of this act Gerald is shown begging Shelia not to tell the inspector what he did and Shelia tells him and laughs, "You fool, he knows...". Stating that the Inspector somehow already knows what they have all done, adding to the suspicion of the Inspectors Identity and if infact he really is a real inspector. Sheila is aware of the mystery surrounding the Inspector, yet realises that there is no point in trying to hide the facts from him. The Inspector says that sheila is only partly responsible and later on, when he is about to question Gerald, he encourages her to stay and listen to what he has to say so ...read more.


Especially Sheila, as not only is she prepared to admit her faults, she also appears eager and keen to change her behaviour in the future, 'I'll never, never do it again'. She learns of her responsibilities to others less fortunate than herself in the community and is sensitive. Her keenness to learn from the experience is a big contrast to her parents The Birling parents represent the older people in society, as after all that has happened they have failed to change their views. The author here may be implying that it is the younger generation that offer hope for society. Sheila is unable to accept her parents attitude and is stunned and alarmed that they haven't learned anything from the incident. Although the Inspector might be a hoax, the family have still behaved in a completely horrible way. The play finishes with a telephone call from the police saying that 'A girl has just died.... after swallowing some disinfectant' and a real Inspector will question the family. This is not expected and maybe the fake Inspector was there to punish them on a moral level and to try and make them feel guilty enough to change their actions. We cab see this worked with Eric and Sheila, but not with the others. The only thing that they would be affected by was a 'public scandal,' and a ruin of their reputation. ...read more.

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