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Evaluation of Key Quotes - An Inspector Calls

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Introduction

Evaluation of Key Quotes Sheila: ?Sorry! It?s just that I can?t help thinking about this girl ? destroying herself so horribly ? and I?ve been so happy tonight? Sorry! Is an exclamatory sentence which helps to display the distress of what has happened to Eva, it also shows that she truly cares. Another section of this quote that also displays that she cares is ?can?t help thinking?. The small dashes represent pauses, this in my opinion shows that she is in distress and is unable to express herself fully. By using the emotive words ?destroying? and ?horribly? Sheila is showing that she is upset by what Eva felt was her only way out, it also displays one of the many contrasts included in this play. Finally when she says ?happy? she is referencing the celebration of the engagement, it also shows me that she is comparing her own night to the one Eva had. ?I?ll never, never do it again to anybody? The repetition of ?never? emphasises the change within Sheila. It displays her guilt and shows that she has accepted responsibility for her actions as she has truly realised what she has done to Eva. ...read more.

Middle

?Look Inspector, I?d give thousands?? I find it ironic that Mr Birling denied a mere two shillings for Eva Smith but is now offers to pay thousands. Regardless of the fact that it may be sincere the offer is meaningless due to the fact that it is not possible to save Eva now. It also shows me that Mr Birling feels that he can solve any of his problems with money. ?I speak as a hard-headed business man.? Priestley?s word choice for Mr Birling in this quote emphasises the lack of feeling. It also displays that he is quite a hard-hearted man who has real pride in his hard won success through his business. ?If you don?t come down on these people they?ll soon be asking for the earth!? Mr Birling uses hyperbole in this to suggest the workers are asking for too much, and in my opinion he wants to make the Inspector and the audience believe that the workers are asking too much which also helps to see how little he cares about the people who work for him. ?Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.? This quote is clear dramatic irony when Mr Birling is talking about the titanic, as the audience know that it was sinkable. ...read more.

Conclusion

?That doesn?t matter to me.? Eric?s guilt for what he has done is not altered by Mr Birling and Gerald?s theories of innocence. Eric is clearly not willing to bury his head in the sand and pretend he has done nothing wrong, he wants to take responsibility for his actions and isn?t afraid of this. Inspector Goole: ?Burnt her insides out of course? The Inspector provided a very vivid and discomforting description of Eva?s death by using the word ?burnt?. When he says ?of course? it makes what happened seem so obvious, and it also suggests that he has experience. ?We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.? Priestley uses the Inspector here to address the audience and portray the core message of responsibility; this is because it applies to both the characters and the audience. This directly contrasts with Mr Birling?s message of ?every man for himself? ?Each of you helped to kill her.? Priestley uses a climax to emphasise that our action have consequences. The Inspector sums up, showing that the morally neglectful actions of the upper class family have condemned a working class girl to her death. The emphasis on ?you? suggests that nobody within the Birling family is without blame. ...read more.

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