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"Directing A New Production Of "An Inspector Calls" by J. B. Priestly, With Special Reference To Act Two, Page 33 (in Heinemann Plays 'An Inspector Calls'), And The Characters Of The Inspector And Mrs. BirlingThe two characters that I have chosen - the in

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"Directing A New Production Of "An Inspector Calls" by J. B. Priestly, With Special Reference To Act Two, Page 33 (in Heinemann Plays 'An Inspector Calls'), And The Characters Of The Inspector And Mrs. Birling The two characters that I have chosen from the play, 'An Inspector Calls', are the Inspector and Mrs. Birling. I chose these characters because they have very contrasting personalities. The Inspector is called 'Goole', which symbolises a ghoul and reflects on his personality. He is very probing when he asks the family questions and obviously has experience with 'interrogating' people. He is very direct and quite blunt when he is questioning the Birling family. In the BBC video version of the play, it was quite obvious that the Inspector was not a normal man as soon as he entered the room. ...read more.

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In the BBC video the Inspector was quite an old man and he looked feeble in a way, but he still created this effect when he spoke to the other characters. He seems to have a gift to be able to make people feel uncomfortable and guilty when he wants. "INSPECTOR: 'That's more or less what I was thinking earlier tonight, when I was in the infirmary looking at what was left of Eva Smith. A nice little promising life there, I thought, and a nasty mess somebody's made of it.' BIRLING looks as if he is about to make some retort, then thinks better of it, and goes out, closing the door sharply behind him. ...read more.

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She is a very high-class lady who could be described as 'posh'. Even when the Inspector is questioning her harshly she still manages to keep her dignity. "INSPECTOR: It's an organisation to which women in distress can appeal for help in various forms. Isn't that so? MRS BIRLING: (with dignity) Yes. We've done a great deal of useful work in helping deserving cases. INSPECTOR: There was a meeting of the interviewing committee two weeks ago? MRS BIRLING: I dare say there was. INSPECTOR: You know very well there was, Mrs Birling. You were in the chair. MRS BIRLING: And if I was, what business is it of yours?" Mrs Birling is a woman who doesn't take anything from anyone, and sticks up for herself and her family. She very firmly sticks to her beliefs, but she is too connected with her children. She thinks that they will never grow up. ...read more.

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