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'An Inspector Calls" was written in 1945, but was set in 1912, before any of the wars.

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'Let Him Have It' Introduction 'An Inspector Calls" was written in 1945, but was set in 1912, before any of the wars. The play involves the Birling family. A family of six (Mr Arthur Birling, Mrs Sybil Birling, Sheila Birling the daughter, Eric Birley the son, Gerald Croft, fianc� of Sheila, and Edna the maid.) The play begins with them all celebrating Sheila and Gerald's engagement. During their celebrations, an Inspector calls round because of an apparent suicide, which each and everyone of the family, in one way or another drove the girl to. The girl named Eva Smith apparently poisoned her self with disinfectant. Sheila's Confession Sheila's confession comes in Act one at the very beginning of the play; it is straight after the Inspector interrogates her father, Mr Birling. It is the most dramatic of the confessions as she is very emotional, and she is the only one that actually admits to her guilt, and that she has done something wrong. She admits that she got Eva Smith fired from her job, at Millwards shop, all because she was jealous of her being prettier. ...read more.


This confession seems very cold and jealous. The final quote is when she says 'All right, Gerald you needn't look at me like that. At least I'm trying to tell the truth. I expect you've done things you're ashamed of too'. When Sheila says this, Priestly wants her to suddenly turn to Gerald, because she is trying to get rid of some of the blame, and get him to confess. National Theatre Version In the National Theatre Version, Sheila's speech begins normally; she is very calm. But after the first sentence she starts to talk quicker and becomes more emotional, then out of no where she becomes jealous and spiteful. When she begins to ask questions like 'How could I know what would happen afterwards?' she is trying to convince them that it wasn't her fault. Sheila's family was very wealthy, her father was the Mayor and thinks he is better than anyone else. She doesn't like to be treated as a child; because her family treat her as an adult she expects it from everyone. As she starts her speech she doesn't feel guilty, she is just convinced that the girl shouldn't have laughed at her. ...read more.


Annabel's tone of voice goes from being very nervous, to being angry and jealous. The film goes to a flashback, so you don't get the plea of her case, unlike the Theatre version, where she is desperately pleading her case to the audience as though they were her jury at a trial. The Inspectors in each version are very similar because they both end up talking to Sheila in an angry manner towards the end of her confession. They are almost the same because in a way they become sort of friendly towards her. By this I mean that because she has confessed and shown the audience her guilt, especially in the Theatre version, the Inspector sees this in her character and in a way he has a hidden respect for that. Conclusion Out of the two versions, I preferred the National Theatre version because it was acted in front of a live audience and it had a much deeper emotion and feeling to it. The theatre was much more dramatic. To create this I think they put more detail in to it. I think the actors researched who they were playing so they had a lot of understanding of him/her, this meant they could act how they thought the person would have acted. ...read more.

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