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The two scenes that I have chosen for this assignment are when the inspector is introduced and talks to the other characters, and when the inspector disappears from stage (end). I have chosen these two scenes because

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Introduction

2 scenes when the inspector's presence on stage affects other characters. The two scenes that I have chosen for this assignment are when the inspector is introduced and talks to the other characters, and when the inspector disappears from stage (end). I have chosen these two scenes because I believe that these are the main scenes where the characters are judged by the audience to how they are acting. The family & Gerald are celebrating Gerald & Sheila's engagement in the dining-room. Sheila & Eric are arguing in a not really serious way, while Gerald & Mr. Birling are talking about business, politics (titanic), Mr. Birling's way into the next honor list by getting an knighthood and about Lady Croft's (Gerald's mother) attitude of social classes (she isn't too happy about the fact, that her son is engaged to a girl of a lower class). Just before the bell rings & the inspector arrives, Mr. Birling shows his outlook on life, what he had learnt from experience, to Gerald & Eric "a man has to make his own way, he has to look after himself and his family". ...read more.

Middle

He had an affair with her the previous summer. Gerald talks about his relationship with Daisy Renton (Eva Smith). After that, he leaves the dining area for a walk. The inspector turns towards Mrs. Birling claiming that she failed her "job" as a member of the Brumley Women's Charity Organization by not helping deserving cases. She refused Eva and her plea for help because she didn't like her. (she was pregnant with Eric's child and had no money) when Eva finally told Mrs. Birling who the father was, Mrs. Birling immediately thinks that she is trying to blackmail her for more money and refuses her. Eric comes back and the inspector and Eric's family question him, he is more or less forced to confess his relationship with Eva. He met her first in the Palace bar (as Gerald did) and bought her a few drinks, later on he was quite drunk and they went to her room. After a few more dates, Eva told Eric she was going to have a baby. ...read more.

Conclusion

At this point the family start to go back to their old ways but right then the phone rings and is answered by Mr. Birling, a girl has just been brought in who committed suicide & a inspector is on the way to ask some questions. The family is shocked but they all start to wonder who the inspector is, they decide they will ring the police but as Mr. Birling goes to check on the inspector he is shocked to see his study is empty. This is the point where the characters are judged yet again, I believe that the "inspector" was a kind of warning, showing what would happen if they continued to act how they were. As they start to go back to their old ways, they lose their chance to change and are punished by Eva being brought in to the morgue. Was the inspector a fake, a sign from God or their conscience? The play is meant to leave you with your own opinion; this is why it's a classic. David Smith English An Inspector Calls. ...read more.

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