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The first inspector seems to know what has happened to Eva Smith before everyone else does. How does he use his knowledge to prepare the Birling's and Gerald Croft for the visit by the real inspector?

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The first inspector seems to know what has happened to Eva Smith before everyone else does. How does he use his knowledge to prepare the Birling's and Gerald Croft for the visit by the real inspector? 'An Inspector calls' was set in 1912 in a small industrial town called Brumley. The play satisfies the three Greek unities; Unity of time - the play takes place in the Birling household within one night, Unity of Place - it all took place in Mr and Mrs Birlings house, Unity of characters - the same characters are in the play most of the way through. The Birling and Croft families are Upper-Middle class and believe that "cranks" have no right to ask them questions about their personal lives. The phoney inspector misleads the Birling family by telling them that he is a real inspector investigating the suicide of a young woman - Eva Smith. ...read more.

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he states clearly and spells I tout for him to avoid confusion 'Goole. G double O-L-E,' making sure it wasn't misapprehended with 'Ghoul' because with him being a future teller someone may have thought he was a ghost or ghoul. He proceeds with the enquiry in chronological order. He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he is addressing. When showing each person the photograph he seems to try and conceal the photograph from the other suspects intentionally as if he had presented a diverse one each time. Eva was a young woman in her mid-twenties, the fact that the Birlings and Mr Croft victimised her meant that they could also victimise millions of other Eva and John Smiths '...one Eva Smith has gone-but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and john Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives and what we think and say and do...' ...read more.

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Goole was also trying to portray that there would be a war because people cant carry on treating others as they do at that present time and if you did then you would have to pay some manner of consequences. Mr Birling is almost certain that there isn't going to be a war and it was impossible for the Titanic to sink but we now know that there were two world wars and the Titanic did sink. The bogus inspector is the Birlings and Gerald Crofts conscience. He obviously is apprehensive about the real inspector visiting the Birlings that night otherwise he wouldn't have arrived at the residence and made them think about what they had said and done to Eva. I think he was trying to explain to the family that just because you are wealthier and/or of a higher class than someone you can't treat them any less than you would like to be treated yourself. English Coursework An Inspector Calls Rachel Smith 11BN ...read more.

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