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I am the director of the play 'An Inspector Calls'. I am writing this essay to advise the actors how to portray their characters in the final act.

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Introduction I am the director of the play 'An Inspector Calls'. I am writing this essay to advise the actors how to portray their characters in the final act. I will help them to deliver their lines appropriately for each character, to express the mood and personality to the audience. This essay will be focused on Sheila, Gerald, Eric and Mr and Mrs Birling. Context The play is set in 1912. The Birling family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila to Gerald. Inspector Goole then arrives during the celebrations and starts asking the Birling family questions about the death of a young girl, Eva Smith. She had committed suicide. Slowly, the inspector makes the family aware that they have played a large role in her suicide. We learn from the characters reactions and responses, what kind of people they really are. Sheila, Eric and Gerald realise their mistakes and how their attitudes and behaviour affect other people. Mr and Mrs Birling seemed convinced that they played no part in this tragedy. At the end of act 2, the inspector is questioning Mrs Birling about why she didn't give money to Eva Smith, who was in trouble. The family also found out Eric was the father of Eva's unborn baby. ...read more.


In the beginning of the play she is unintentionally selfish. She is also sensitive and easily moved but intelligent. As the play goes along Sheila realises her mistakes and knows she took it too far in the shop with Eva. The inspector helps her to realise this. She feels very guilty and tries to convince Mr and Mrs Birling that they played a part in the death too, but they ignore it. 'I know I had her turned out of the job. I started it'. This quote is very important because, Sheila admits that she played a role in Eva Smith's bereavement. Sheila doesn't really admit to things so she's not used to it. To show this expression you have to be a bit hesitant because, remember she's not used to it. You have to stand like your ashamed, with your head hanging and your arms by your side. Eric Eric is a handsome and young man and rather juvenile. He had an affair with Eva Smith after Gerald. He is half shy at times, but can be a confident man, if the situation requires it. Eric is a heavy drinker. Mr and Mrs Birling haven't really realised this. In a sense his involvement in the girl's death is worse than anybody else's. ...read more.


She can't accept the fact that Eric is wrong. You have to say this line in a questioning way and you demand an answer. Your eyes should be wide open and hands should be clasped as if pleading for it not to be true. Gerald Croft Gerald is in his thirties, so he is between the two generation of the Birlings in age. He is the easy well-bred young man. He is handsome and attractive and had an affair with Daisy Renton. Gerald's mother is lady Croft and his father owns and rival and more successful business than Mr Birling. The Croft's are an upper-class family. At the end of the play he distances himself from the events and finds an acceptable explanation for what has happened to the Birling family. Gerald also admits to his mistakes and Sheila respects him for his sincerity. Mrs Birling congratulates him for unmasking the inspector. In this way, he manages to please the whole family. 'That man wasn't a police officer'. You have to show this expression slow and clearly because it suddenly changed the mood of the play. He knows this will bring great relief to the Birling family. You should be standing quite anxiously and with your hands it your pockets. You should have a grin on your face, and then burst out the good news. Conclusion I hope you understand how to play your part. The importance of the stage directions is crucial. I hope enjoy playing your character. ...read more.

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