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Inspector calls essay. The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written by J.B Priestly. He wrote this between 1944 and 1945. The play is set in 1912. We know this as Arthur Birling was discussing with Gerald about a friend who was setting sail on the Titanic the following week. The setting was in the Birling's family home. The Birling family represent wealthy successful middle class. Another character, Eva Smith, represents working class. This play is all about the class system. It is relating to how the middle class and upper class treat working class. In this play Eva Smith has committed suicide and the Birling family are being inspected by Inspector Goole, to find out why she killed herself. Inspector Goole's function in the play was to reveal information about how each of the characters had contributed to Eva, Smith's death. We learn nothing about him as a person. We only find out his views on society, which are that everybody should be given a chance and treated equally. The inspector's name, 'Goole,' is a deliberate choice. Ghouls are interested in things unpleasant. This can be seen as a dramatic effect in the play. The effect upon the audience is that the inspector introduces something unpleasant to the previously happy atmosphere. He quite literally inspects them: their behaviour, motives and ability to perceive their capability. Each of the Birling family members are questioned starting with Mr Arthur Birling. He is actually a very na�ve person that thinks he knows everything. ...read more.

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Sheila thought it was because of another woman. The dramatic effect on the audience is that they are curious to find out what has happened, they can see it sets up a new line of interrogation and therefore more revelations are to come. Gerald had met Daisy Renton at The Palace Bar, where he had rescued her from the notorious womaniser Joe Meggarty. This part of the story underscores the play's message of how apparent public respectability can be no more that veneer. Gerald took Daisy to a quiet bar where he showed her friendliness and care. They met a few more times when Daisy let it slip that she was being evicted from a back room she lived in. Gerald let her stay in a flat for six month in Morgan Terrace, while a friend was away. Gerald then kept Eva as his mistress. In the play he says " I suppose it was inevitable. She was young and pretty and warm hearted." The affair ended in September when Eva's stay had to come to an end at Morgan Terrace. Gerald broke it off before he went away on business. He gave her some money as a parting gift, to last her till the end of the year. Gerald's concern seems genuine , he is totally honest with the Inspector. He does feel bad for Eva as he shows interest in what happened after he broke off contact with her. He asks the Inspector questions where and what she did. ...read more.

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He shows this because of his bad drinking habits. He is miserable for what he has done. This shows he cares, and feels guilty for what he has done. Priestly shows the level of blame that should be attached to each character, by showing their different reactions. Those who are most sorry tend to receive less blame in the end, than those who refuse to acknowledge their responsibility and show little guilt. Sheila and Mrs Birling committed fairly similar crimes against Eva. Both judged her and used their position in society against her. However we feel less inclined to blame Sheila when we realise she has learnt her lesson. Gerald and Eric both used Eva in a similar manner, they both considered her attractive. They both slept with her and offered her money. Gerald was more considerate to her and was more interested in her feeling and was sensible. However, Eric was very drunk and forced her to let him into her home. Eric felt miserable and guilty about what they had done. Gerald was upset she killed herself but not for using her as his mistress. Mr Birling felt no responsibility or guilt from the start. He didn't even show any emotion to her suicide. He only cared about how the scandal would look in public, or how it might effect his chances of receiving a knighthood. If we consider each separate action, it seems clear that they are all equally to blame. However blame and forgiveness go together. The people you ban forgive the most, you blame the least. Because of their remorse and guilt I blame Sheila least and find Mr Birling the hardest to forgive and therefore the most blameworthy. ...read more.

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