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Eric and Mrs.Birlings relationship during the play An Inspector Calls

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Yr 10 Essay on An Inspector Calls In the play Eric has a lot to confess, so his confession is very tensing for both the audience and the actors on screen. Eric is known as the chief culprit in the play because he played the part of making The Girl pregnant. At the end of Act 2 Mrs.Birling is questioned by the Inspector and we learn that 'A young lad' made The Girl pregnant and that when she went for help from the committee she was turned down by them because she said her name was Mrs.Birling: 'First, she called herself Mrs.Birling' From this we learn that Eric could be the father, and that is why she used that name. This has caused suspense both on and off stage, because now the audience would be wondering why she used that name and if she heard it from somewhere or if Eric is the father but Mrs.Birling hasn't figured that out yet. Also we learn of Eric's heavy drinking this is told to us by his sister Sheila and her fianc� Gerald Croft: 'He has been steadily drinking too much for the past 2 years.' With this line we learn that all this time Eric has been heavily drinking and has not been able to control himself with his drinking. ...read more.


Eric asks for a drink and his father says no but the inspector says yes. The inspector wants him to do this because he probably thinks that the truth will come out better if Eric has something to drink first. In this Act there is a lot of dramatic Irony because most of Eric's confession is repeated from what Mrs.Birling tell us from her story. Basically Eric's saying the story and the audience can guess what he is going to say next-but still are kept on the edge of their seat to know their families actions. At this point of the play there is more tension on stage than there is off stage, everyone is at their breaking points especially Eric. Eric's confession was very hard to tell the inspector because he had a lot to own up to and he was in the wrong all the time this is why Priestly left it until the end of the play rather then bring it up in the beginning, his story was also built up by Priestly and it always kept the audience guessing. Eric learns things from the family-the audience already know all this like: Mrs.Birling knows about his drinking problem, that he stole the money he was going to give Eva Smith, He is the father of the baby. ...read more.


She is horrified by all this. These stage directions describe how: distressed, with a cry, shocked, alarmed, very distressed now, coming to life, scornfully. Nearer the end she is feeling better because Eric has been given a punishment. When Eric and Mrs.Birling have a breakdown of relationships they are both at breaking points because they are both finding out the truth about eachother. They have both lost each other's trust. Eric finds out that Mrs.Birling has blamed everything on the young man and Eric is horrified. He accuses her of killing her own Grandchild: 'Your own Grandchild-You killed them both.' Eric is blaming his mum for everything that has happened and has known made her feel guilty. He even swears at her: 'Damn you,Damn you.' In the 19th Century it was rude to speak to your parents like that and 'Damn' was a horrific word to use. He is even about to hit her. This is showing all his anger and the audience would be feeling jumpy and sitting on the edge of their seats: '(almost threatening her)' This is showing he could be making hand gestures towards her showing her a slap or something. Conclusion Overall I think Eric's and Mrs.Birlings relationship has changed and I don't think they will be able to trust eachother again. The most tensing part of the play was the build up to Eric's confession at the end of Act 2 and beginning of Act 3. ...read more.

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