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Inspector Goole claims that "we are all members of one body". How successful was he in making the other characters understand this?

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My Inspector Calls Essay By James Routledge Inspector Goole claims that "we are all members of one body". How successful was he in making the other characters understand this? "An Inspector Calls" is set in 1912 before the First World War, and was written in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. So we the audience know things that the characters in the play don't know, and so Priestley uses dramatic irony. One example of this in the play is at the beginning of the play when Mr Birling is making a speech at the end of their dinner. He speaks of only good times ahead when we the audience know that this is not true and in a sense so does Eric the Birlings son. He asks of the rumours about war. "You'll hear some people say that war's inevitable. And I say-fiddlesticks!" The entire play takes place in the Birlings dinning room where all the interrogations go on, it is also where the play ends. Mr Birling first reacts to the inspector with curiosity, then with suspicion because he has never heard or seen of this inspector 'Goole'. Which is strange as they regularly visit the Birlings. ...read more.

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Also that the inspector said "we are all members of one body" was very true. The inspector then turns to Gerald was is immediately shows that he has met Eva by his reaction at hearing the name Daisy Renton, this is the name that Eva Smith changes to. It then is explained that Gerald was with Daisy all last summer "were you leading her last spring and summer". Almost straight away he shows his helpful personality when he goes and saves Daisy from 'Old Joe Meggarty' who was cornering her. "I went across and told Joe Meggarty some nonsense - that the manager had a message for him or something like that - got him out of the way." Gerald at first says that he only wanted to help her and that his intentions were good, he even put her up in a temporary house for free. "I insisted on Daisy living in those rooms and I make her take some money". Gerald then goes onto the fact that that Daisy became his mistress which not what he set out to do at any time. ...read more.

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Mrs Birling cares for no one through out the whole investigation. And only shows she cares when she realises that all the blame and insults she said were without her knowing directed at Eric "but I didn't know it was you - I never dreamt". The inspector fails to teach Mrs Birling about socialism, in fact don't believe that she would even know when then the inspector said "we are all members of one body" actually meant. I believe that only Sheila and Eric learn that all people are linked because they realised that if one person is affected then in time (no matter how long) everyone else will be affected. Gerald partially understood that because he was deeply effected by Eva's death. Mr and Mrs Briling however had no concept of socialism and only know and do what they have always done, following their capitalist view of life. This is not entirely their fault as these views have been placed on them all their lives. They are the previous generation, and therefore not up-to-date with the changes in life. Their views of capitalist superiority are too embedded. ...read more.

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