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An Inspector Calls - Inspector Goole arrives in the middle of a happy and united family celebration. How does the Inspectors arrival cause the eventual break up of this group of characters? How is the reflected by divides in society and divides in the sta

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Inspector Goole arrives in the middle of a happy and united family celebration. How does the Inspectors arrival cause the eventual break up of this group of characters? How is the reflected by divides in society and divides in the staging of the play? The way in which a happy family celebration shows a united group of characters. At the start of the scene the four Birlings and Gerald are seated at the table, with Arthur Birling at one end and Sybil Birling his wife at the other. Eric is seated downstage and Gerald and Sheila are seated upstage. All five are in evening dress of the period; the men are wearing white tails and white ties (not dinner jackets). The characters are all drinking and celebrating the engagement of Gerald and Sheila; everybody is a bit drunk after they start drinking Birlings fine port. Gerald is of the 'higher class' because his parents are Lord and Lady, but the Birlings are middle class. However Birling is very keen to make out that he is of the same class as Gerald. Birling tries to make Gerald think this by showing off about the port they are all drinking. Birling says: " You ought to like this port, Gerald. As a matter of fact, Finchley told me it's exactly the same port your father gets from him." ...read more.

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Birling tries to make Sheila forgive Gerald for the affair, he tells her that that's what young men are like. "Now Sheila, im not defending him but you must understand that a lot of young men...." (Mrs Birling interrupts him.) No doubt that Birling is trying to get them back together so that he can say that his daughter is married to the son of Lord and Lady, hense he is a relation of them. Mrs Birling dislikes Gerald and thinks that Sheila should have no more to do with him. This is very different from the start of the play where they are all getting along fine and are all extremely pleased that Gerald has asked Sheila to marry him. It is clear that Mrs Birling is not worried as much as Mr Birling is about their social stature. (She is not worried about Sheila staying with Gerald because of the position of his parents in society). This proves that the break up of these two characters has different effects on the other characters. We can tell this because of the different way they react after hearing the news of the break up. There are divisions between the characters at the end of the play. The Inspector uses "one line of enquiry at a time" when questioning the family, by not asking too many questions at once and without going into a lot of detail the Inspector can find out how much each character actually knows about her. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is clear to see that he is becoming increasingly more uncomfortable with the Inspectors questions and method of questioning. Mrs Birling speaks rather more quietly and has a tone to her voice and she gives the Impression that she fells that she shouldn't even be there because of who she is. Eric is constantly making jokes out of other peoples answers; this gave the audience the impression that he too is very uncomfortable with the Inspector being there. The way that he answers the questions makes him sound and look very guilty. Special Effects * When the inspector arrives after he begins to question the family the lights begin to brighten up, this contributes to the idea of being able to see things more clearly. Dramatic Irony * When the Inspector first starts asking questions the audience will all have their own ideas of who they think was most responsible for the death of Daisy Renton/Eva Smith? But as the Inspector asks more questions to the different characters it becomes easier for the audience to work out who was the most responsible. A lot of the audience would have probably said that Gerald played the biggest part in her death. Coup De Theatre * When the telephone rings at the end of the play is answered the characters and the audience are shocked at what the telephone call was about. Then the audience may question themselves as to who they think was responsible for her death. Stephen Holloway ...read more.

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