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How does Priestly present the effect of the Inspectors visit on Sheila compared with the other characters in the play?

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How does Priestly present the effect of the Inspectors visit on Sheila compared with the other characters in the play? Sheila is deeply affected by the Inspector's visit compared to the other characters. As soon as the Inspector enters and introduces the victim to the family, Sheila was upset and depressed because of the misery she sensed which made her feel apologetic and guilty of what she had done to Eva Smith. Nonetheless the others were not interested and thought that they were not responsible for Eva's death except for Eric. Furthermore the Inspector has a mischievous attitude, with the intention of, made the rest of the family suspicious about him. Inspector Goole (as he addresses himself) is a sly and secretive individual who acts like a detective and uses his skills to make them confess the truth. The Inspector mentions society to be treated fairly and Mr Birling replies in an intolerable way, ''nonsense... ...read more.

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As soon as Mr. Birling realised that Eric was the father, the revelation came, '' I don't believe it. I won't believe it ...'' Here it shows that Sheila spoken wisely for herself and for the sake of it, let her mother notice that her son isn't what she expected him to be like. So Eric feels shocked and worried as soon as he finds out that they knew he was the father when they all stare at him at the end of the Act Two and Eric says,'' You know, don't you? In this part, everyone is staring at Eric as if it was The Inspector planning that incident. Therefore the presence of The Inspector makes everyone feel disappointed and bitter when reacting towards Eric. J.B. Priestly chose to end the scene like that because it creates suspense and tension e.g. curtain falls. Dramatic irony is also a part of the play because the family and the Inspector guessed Eric was also responsible whereas Eric never knew that they realised it already. ...read more.

Conclusion

Priestley illustrates that '' no matter how rich or poor you may be, you are no different from each other and that you should help each other to make this community a better place.'' At the end of the play, the family discovered that Inspector Goole was a counterfeiter. As soon as the Inspector left the house when his interrogation came to a conclusion, the phone rang and a voice answered that a girl has committed suicide in a tragic way. This was clear to them that the Inspector was some find of spiritual life form that maybe went back to the future nevertheless the majority of the readers believe it might have been the mouthpiece of Priestley. In conclusion, the contrast between Sheila's and the family's reaction towards The Inspector is that in the beginning of the play, Sheila was deeply affected and anxious while the others handled their thoughts and response with ease and tolerance. As the story progressed, they all felt dishonour and guilt because of how The Inspector responded and used the technique to make them all confess. ...read more.

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