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An Inspector Calls J.B.Priestley - In the film production Arthur Birling is a plump, grey haired snob

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An Inspector Calls J.B.PRIESTLEY In the film production Arthur Birling is a plump, grey haired snob ' A man has to look after himself to make his own way- has to look after himself' and this is Arthur Birling outlook on life both socially and in business. Arthur Birling also thinks that he is the man of the county, knowing everyone and everyone's business, ' I was an alderman for years and lord mayor two years ago and im still on the Bench' and he is informing to the inspector, who he has never met before that he is well known and that he has contacts. He doesn't want to involve Sheila or Mrs. Birling with the inspector because he thinks they are feeble and thinks that they cannot help with the matter as he thinks it is business and business is only a mans world. After he finds out about all the trouble in the family all he can think about is the reputation of the family and the business. 'She'd had a lot to say-far to much-so she had to go' this accounts for Arthur's treatment of Eva Smith. At the end of the play when they all realize that the inspector was a phoney Mr. Birling just carries on as nothing had happened because all he was thinking about was his reputation and now that he was not a real inspector he thinks he has nothing to worry about but he doesn't think about Eva Smith or the death. ...read more.


if they build up a wall to protect themselves denying everything of the investigation then the inspector would just knock it down. Sheila is very wise as she knows what's coming and she had worked out everything like Gerald having the affair with her as soon as Gerald heard the name he reacted and Sheila saw how he reacted and started asking question and got him to admit to the inspector, she also picked up on Eric being the father trying to stop her mother saying all the things about finding the father and punishing him 'mother- stop - stop' and she is trying to explain to her mother but she would not listen. After they had realized that the inspector was an intruder everyone had stopped worrying but Sheila and Eric were the only ones thinking that there is still a dead girl they didn't care about there reputation all they cared about the death of this girl 'but that wont bring Eva smith back to life will it?' But even after they completely found out there was no dead girl or inspector all Sheila could think about was the truth which had been spoken about that night, Gerald having an affair, Eric getting a poor girl pregnant, her getting Eva fired but again only her and Eric could think about but everyone else just kept thinking now they were all of the hook they can get back to normal again. ...read more.


We learnt that Gerald is very-much a closed book, he doesn't like to express himself to much and he didn't like to share all his feelings to other people the only thing I think that he can express is the feelings and the future of Mr. Birlings daughter and Mr. Birlings life, 'and I hope I can make you as happy as you deserve to be' this is Gerald exposing to Sheila's parents how he is going to treat her and showing that he shows her respect. Conclusion of this play By revising this play I had come to the conclusion that Sheila and Eric had learnt the most. Even though the Inspector was an intruder, Sheila and Eric had not bothered thinking about their reputation but all they could think of was the poor girl, Eva Smith who had been driven to suicide. Also all they could think was that it was their fault, Sheila got her fired and Eric had got her pregnant and hadn't supported her all the way through of they child. I think the person who learnt the least was Arthur Birling as all he kept thinking about was his reputation and his business. He never gave a second thought about the dead Eva Smith or about the inspector being a fake but only the relief about not having the truth blurted out to the public and them knowing all his private details. Naomi Freeland ...read more.

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