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An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley.

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An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. In Act I Birling says, "A man has to make his own buisness and look after himself and his own -". In Act III Inspector Goole tells the family, "We don't live alone-we are responsible for each other-". Choose two characters and explain how their feelings towards Eva Smith/Daisy Renton develop and change during the Course of the play. How far do the reflect the feelings of the Inspector by the end of act III When JB Priestly was writing this play he had one clear aim. He wanted to start the audience thinking, he wanted to convey the idea of the selfish society we live in, and how this should be and needs to be changed. This play starts of with a supposedly happy and united family, however as we are led deeper into the plot we find out that none of the family members knows as much about the others as they think they do. Inspector Goole helps them discover hidden facts about each family member as he begins to investigate the death of Eva Smith. All these characters have a past that connects them with Eva's suicide. ...read more.


He believes in this even by the last act, when the Inspector is preparing to leave and telling the family that, "The time will soon come when, if men will not learn from their actions they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish". By saying this the Inspector is predicting that if men, like Mr Birling, still carry on acting on self interest and not caring about the rest of humanity there will be a war. Sheila Birling is the daughter of Arthur and Sybil Birling. In her early twenty's she is still very na�ve. At the start of this plot Sheila starts off with a very jokey and excitable attitude which contrasts to the end of the play when she turns more serious as she finds out about her family's and fiancees hidden pasts. In the beginning JB Priestly gives the audience subtle hints that not everything is happy in Sheila and Gerald's relationship. We can tell this mainly from the dialogue between Sheila and Gerald, "Yes except for that time last summer, when you never came near me, and I wondered what happened to you" "And I told you- I was awfully busy at the works all that time" "Yes that's what you say". ...read more.


The audience starts feeling sorry for her as her character starts to realise the truth about how cold people can be. I think by the end of the plot she has become a more sensible woman where as in the beginning, and certainly when she got Eva sacked from Millwards, she was a spoilt child. As she has learnt a very hard lesson she seems intent that her family should learn it and gets very angry when her parents still have their own selfish reaction to Eva's death, "If you want to know, it's you two who are being childish - trying not to face the facts". She is also the only one that seems determined that whether the police inspector was a police inspector or not doesn't matter. It's what her family did that is the important thing, and the lesson that the police inspector tells when he says, "One Eva smith has gone, but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears -all intertwined with our lives". which is the moral JB Priestley wanted to tell when he wrote this play. ...read more.

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