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Imagine you are directing the play 'An Inspector calls'.

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Jack Munnelly English Coursework - Imagine you are directing the play 'An Inspector calls' Dear Katherine, I have gathered some information and advice for your part as Sheila in 'An Inspector Calls'. This should help to give you some background information before you come to rehearsals. Best of luck! Jack An Inspector calls is set in 1912, in a time before the war, and when the Titanic was set to take its maiden voyage. Who would have known that in two years time, the Titanic would be rusting away in the Atlantic Ocean, or that the first-world war would be taking place on earth? The Birling family surely didn't. That may be why there was such a positive atmosphere in their family home - along with the fact that their daughter is the proud fianc�e of Gerald Croft, the son of an upper class and very wealthy man. As this is a family that is highly concerned with status: a strong connection with a well-known and very respected family like the Crofts is sure to put a smile on their faces. The play starts with a dinner celebration of Sheila Birling's engagement to Gerald Croft. In the Birling family there is Arthur and Sybil Birling - the parents of Sheila and Eric Birling. ...read more.


Mr. Birling's efforts to put off the inspector don't work though, to his obvious dismay. His clear motto that he proudly says at the dinner table is 'Every man for himself' which is the complete contrary to the moral of the play. Mrs. Birling's character - Mrs. Birling, like her husband - is a very proud woman. She has a fairly wealthy man by her side, and two children that are finally reaching adulthood. She wants the best for her children, and wishes nothing but the best for Sheila's marriage. You could say that she is the 'typical' upper-middle class woman of her era by her approach to accepting her husband's work (Example: 'When you're married you'll realize that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business'.) Toward the end of the play there is a clear difference of opinion between her and her daughter (Examples: 'MRS. B: (Sharply) To behave sensibly, Sheila - which is more than you're doing.' 'SHEILA: ...You're just beginning to pretend all over again.') Whilst Sheila learns an important factor of life during the play, her mother does not stray from her belief that the Birling family was not to blame for the death of Eva Smith. ...read more.


Birling, Eric and Gerald, she at first doesn't notice the inspector so 'gaily' strolls in, and hears the inspector mention 'streets', so curiously asks 'what's this about streets? She continues to be inquisitive 'what business? What's happening?' When she finally finds out what it is that they are discussing she is horrified and overwhelmed with distress 'Oh - how horrible! Was it an accident?' She asks questions about Eva, (about her age and appearance). When the Inspector claims that he came to speak to not only Mr. Birling -Sheila should show a bewildered expression, as does not like to think that she is responsible for something that she has just expressed being mortified by. She claims never to have heard the name Eva Smith, and almost tries to rid herself of the blame by accusing her father of being 'mean' for sacking her and states that it may have 'spoilt everything for her.' She is genuinely upset for Eva's death though, and during the course of the inspectors interrogation she is naturally rather defensive 'I'd been in a bad temper anyhow', but she eventually accepts that she has not acted correctly '..I'll never, never do it again to anybody.' You should speak in an almost pleading tone of voice, because you have realised just how much your needless deed has affected, and you regret doing what you usually wouldn't have done. ...read more.

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