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"He inspected us all right..." Write an essay examining how one character is affected by the Inspectors visit.

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English Essay: An Inspector Calls "He inspected us all right..." Write an essay examining how one character is affected by the Inspectors visit. The play "An Inspector Calls" was written in 1946 the playwright of this play was J.B Priestley, he had survived both world wars. He was a firm believer in socialism and capitalism. This play deals with the death and destruction that can be caused by both capitalism and socialism. The family were as solid as a rock before the inspector visited. The inspector was a destructive character for the Billings; however he is not portrayed to be a bad character. He is portrayed to be the truth finder and the fact that he is an inspector makes the audience aware of his authority. Sheila was brought up in a high middle class family background. She is used to the finer things in life as her family is rich. Her family lives in a "fairly large suburban house." Sheila is engaged to Gerald Croft, this engagement was more of a business merger than a marriage. ...read more.


When the unforgiving Inspector arrives at the Birling household Sheila turns into a completely different character. She is portrayed to be scared of the inspector however she still gives him respect. In a way she might think that he knows about her little mishap in Milwards. She also asks the Inspector a lot of questions about what Eva Smith looked like, "what did this girl look like." This may be because she is trying to remember the girl in the shop she visited. When Sheila sees what the rest of her family has done to Eva Smith, she becomes very angry and feels betrayed. She feels that she is to blame for the suicide of Eva Smith because she got her sacked from Milwards. When Sheila feels guilty about her mistakes, she learns from them. When she gets the chance to talk to the Inspector she agrees with what he says, this is a sign of respect. For example, when the inspector says that she was jealous of Eva, She says "yes I suppose so." ...read more.


When they found out that the Inspector was a fake, Sheila still had respect for him. Sheila figured out that the Inspector was a cunning man as he had forced out the secrets of the whole family without using any kind of intimidation. She uses the words, "he inspected us all right," even after she knew that he wasn't an Inspector. I believe that Sheila was the character that most changed during the play, she had know become a socialist. At first she is portrayed to be a sweet little girl that has been brought up in wonderful world. However now she knows what can happen to sweet little girls like Eva Smith. She now accepts the fact that her family has not seen the gap between the rich and the poor. I think Priestley was portraying Sheila to be the richer nation that has realised that to prevent another world war, the world must look after the poorer countries. Sheila is also scared that something similar to what happened to Eva may happen to her. In my opinion she is the character that has learned from this experience the most. Dipak Vyas ...read more.

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