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Jamie Halsall 30th November 2001 An Inspector Calls essay I this essay I am going to cover the play "An Inspector Calls". A man named John Boynton Priestly wrote the play and was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on September 13th 1894. J. B. Priestly left school at the age of sixteen and got a scholarship at a University. The play was written in 1945 but was in Brumley in 1912. Inspector Goole visits the Birlings and Gerald Croft because the inspector believes that they have contributed to the suicide of Eva Smith. Gerald Croft discovers that the inspector is a phony. This changes some of the family's feelings except for the two siblings Eric and Sheila. The other people in the family did not feel the same way, they thought they were off the hook, because the inspector was a fake, they thought that it did not matter hoe they had treated the five individual girl's lives. They feel that because the inspector may have shown each person a different photograph of a girl that it did not matter, but the truth was Eric and Sheila still felt guilty because they had all tampered with more than one girl's life. ...read more.


What is ironic about Mrs. Birling's community involvement is that she is supposed to be running a charity shop and yet when Eva Smith turns to her for help she turns her down. Mrs. Birling is a cold woman and a snob because she rebukes the family and says in a quite vicious tone, "I'm talking to the inspector now". It is as if she wants the inspector to herself. Also she responds to Gerald's remark of, "I gather he does drink pretty hard". Gerald is talking about Eric, Mrs. Birling's son and she responds in an offensive manner, "And this is the time you choose to tell me". Again we see the cold side of Mrs. Birling. Mrs. Birling will not accept that she had something to do with Eva's death, she looks down her nose at Eva and what she had become, "A woman of the town". She is referring to a prostitute and she is very dismissive to the idea that she is responsible in reply to Sheila saying, "And between us we probably killed her". She replies sharply, "Sheila, don't talk nonsense". After the inspector leaves, Mrs. ...read more.


"But the whole thing is different now, can't you see that. Come, come, you can see that, can't you?" Mr. Birling tries to convince Sheila and Eric, but they believe that not only have they ruined one girl's life but that they have ruined five girl's lives between them. "It doesn't matter to me the one I knew is dead". Eric tries to explain that he still ruined a girl's life and so did Sheila and everybody else. In my opinion it doesn't matter if they were shown different photographs by the inspector, because at the end of the day they all did medal with at least one girl's life. In conclusion Inspector Goole tried to teach the Birlings and Gerald Croft a valid lesson by telling them that their everyday life or routine effects a lot of people and to think before their actions. He also tried to tell them that everything you do has a result whether good or bad. The impression we are left with of Mrs. Birling is that she is a cold woman and she is only running a charity shop for the social respect of the public. The impression we are left with of Sheila Birling is that deep down she is a good person but she needs to think about the result before she takes action. ...read more.

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