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An inspector calls - literature course work This scene is set at the Birling residence with a group of people who have just been celebrating an engagement between Mr Birling's daughter and the son of a very wealthy businessman. An inspector calls and questions each of them about their involvement with Eva smith who is presently known to have killed herself. They are in a cold but luxuriously furnished room, possibly the dining room. The lighting should be cold (blue) and bright with four people present in the room: Mr and Mrs Birling, their daughter Sheila and the Inspector. This whole extract is one in a series of mainly chronologically linked confessions from the family, which build up the tension and eventually lead into the death of Eva smith. Each confession was of an event that had made life for Eva smith worse and worse. She sank lower and lower until suicide was the last option for her. There is great tension before each confession, but when there are revealed the audience's suspicion is confirmed. The play was so joyful and warm at the beginning (pink soft lighting), but now the mood is bitter and the family are experiencing conflict, with emotions such as guilt from Sheila, arrogance from Mr Birling denial from Mrs Birling, and a massive inquisitional attitude from the inspector. ...read more.


When she answers her questions she should start to act as if she didn't do anything wrong and it was all Eva Smith fault; she is now however willing to accept the inspector's accusations without accepting the blame. This tones the moment down slightly as a change to the high tension until the next key moment. Mrs Birling becomes quite hysterical when she says: "Go look for the father of the child. It's his responsibility." This is a very ironic comment as by now most people should suspect that the father of the child is her son, but she's the only person in the room who doesn't yet realise this. When she says this, she should stand up and start to act in a bluff manner and start to act intimidating. It is a very harsh comment but when the inspector replies it has a double meaning: "That doesn't make it any the less yours" This is true because it's not only her responsibility with her job in this charity but also as a grandmother, which she doesn't know yet. The inspector should start to act harshly when he answers back and he shows Mrs B for the heartless person she is. At this point she should pause to reflect the awkward situation in which she find herself. ...read more.


They will, however, feel pity for Eva Smith and Sheila and possibly even for Eric who is about to be faced with a lot of tough questions. Mrs B is desperate not to be accused of anything so she passes all the blame to the father of the child without realising it was her own son. In doing this she made the situation a lot worse by the end of the act. It seems that the whole family is guilty of Eva Smiths death. Every confession is linked and everything deteriorates from a safe engagement at the start, to remorse and insecurity at the end. The audience should understand just how selfish people can be; Mr Birling not wanting to give a raise in wages, Mrs Birling not wanting to help Eva Smith, Sheila getting Eva Smith fired out of jealousy. They were all self-centred acts and they ruined Eva Smiths life as Sheila has said. Mrs B even started to build barriers so as to protect herself (which are broken down by the inspector), she passes the blame to other people, acts as if everything she had done was for a justified reason and ends up ruining Eva's life; eventually she will have ruined Eric's too. Everyone is left in shock and suspense, but the main question everyone should wonder is 'who is the Inspector and from where did he get all his knowledge concerning Eva Smith?' Alex Michaels VKR ...read more.

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