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The Inspector has many functions in the play. Discuss what some of these are. Then explain how the Inspector affects one member of the household throughout his visit.

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Introduction

The Inspector has many functions in the play. Discuss what some of these are. Then explain how the Inspector affects one member of the household throughout his visit. The Inspector arrives at the Birlings house. He arrives just as they are celebrating Sheila and Gerald's engagement. The family's happy mood soon changes when he starts asking questions. Near enough everything in the play centres on the Inspector. The Inspector seems strange from the start even though the other characters and us the audience all believe he is real. His name is one of the first things that make us wonder because 'Goole' makes us wonder whether he is actually real because it sounds ghostly. Goole is also a small seaport town, which represents fishing so maybe the Inspector is fishing for information. Another quality the Inspector has is the way he manages to get all the characters to spill everything. The strange this is he already seems to know the answers. It's as if he knows everything about the family and is just playing with their minds because at the end of the play he has heard everything he wants to. ...read more.

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She discovers that he does not need the family to confess, as he already knows what they have done. 'Why- you fool- he knows. Of course he knows.' The rest of the family just think Sheila is being stupid so they do actually all confess they soon realise though that Sheila was right and they were wrong. Sheila Birling is the daughter of the Birlings she was celebrating her engagement to Gerald when the Inspector arrived. Sheila is in her twenties very pretty and also a very pleased woman before the Inspector arrives. Sheila represents part of the younger generation. At the beginning of the play we see the fun living and rather self-centred side of Sheila. She is enjoying getting all of the attention. We see Sheila as a attractive, honest, good sensitive a character but as the play develops and we find out she got Eva Smith the sack we realise she is a spoilt child who always gets her own way due to her status in the public but we do find that she is also quite clever as she learns to take responsibility of her actions. ...read more.

Conclusion

I feel she is the only member of the Birling family that does really regret it. I feel she also copes well when they realise the Inspector is not real as she stands up to her father and tell him 'nothing can be the same again' When the family realise the Inspector is not real they are all shocked even though Mr. Birling acts as if he knew all the time. Its not until they get a phone call you know he didn't because of his expression when the phone rings. The person on the other end of the phone is an Inspector he is just telling the Birlings that he is on his way over to ask some questions, as a girl has died on her way to the infirmary. After swallowing some disinfectant. Its as if they have just woken up from a nightmare and now they are going to have to go through it again but at least this time they know what to expect. The questions we the audience are left wanting to now at the end of the play are, how does the Inspector know as much as he does? And was he the murderer? Nobody knows!!! Page 1 Syreena Wilson ...read more.

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