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What scene from 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B.Priestly made the most dramatic impact on you and give reasons for your answer.

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What scene from 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B.Priestly made the most dramatic impact on you and give reasons for your answer. The scene that made the most impact on me from 'An Inspector Calls,' by J.B.Priestly, is the final act. The part in the final act that had the most impact on me is from the final speech of the inspector to the end of the final act. In this scene we finally learn the full involvement of the whole Birling family in driving a young woman to commit suicide. The inspector (who already seemed to know all about this family) gives a final, powerful speech before leaving them. In this speech the inspector lectures the family on their social responsibilities and warns them that if they are not prepared to change their attitudes to those less fortunate than themselves they will be taught a lesson by "Fire and blood and anguish" This, we are aware is a reference to the First World War, which the play is set shortly before. This final speech is a painful lesson by the inspector to the Birling family. After the inspector finishes his powerful speech, he leaves the family. The inspector has left the family's life shattered. Although not everyone seems to have learned anything from the inspector's visit. Mr. Birling says to Eric: "Yes, and you don't realize yet all you've done. Most of this is bound to come out. There'll be a public scandal." This shows how selfish Mr. ...read more.

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Sheila is taking some of the blame off of Eric by saying that she is also to blame. She also thinks that Mr and Mrs. Birling were both involved in the death of the girl, therefore they too are to blame. She also accepts the fact that she is to blame. She is truthful. At the moment there seems to be a split in the family. Eric and Sheila both agree that they are to blame, while Mr and Mrs Birling refuse to be blamed for the death of Eva Smith. Later on this scene Sheila starts to question whether or not the inspector was a real police inspector. "It doesn't much matter now, of course - but was he really a police inspector?" This shows that even though she accepts the blame she is still unsure about the inspector. As she says 'It doesn't much matter now" shows that she doesn't mind if he wasn't as she has learnt her lesson by his visit. After Sheila's questioning, Mr and Mrs Birling both jump to conclusions. This is because they have been given a reason for not accepting the blame. If the inspector is a fake, they will not have done anything. Therefore they begin to argue about the inspector being a fake. "That fellow obviously didn't like us...You ought to have stood up to him." This speech by Mr. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the end of the play Mr. Birling gets a shocking phone call by the police. "That was the police...And a police inspector is on his way here-to ask some-questions." After this shocking phone call the family remain shattered as they were after the inspector's visit. The way the play ends leaves the reader in a questioning matter. The inspector has to be more than he seems. He knows too much to be a simple police man; he even seems to know the future. He already knows every member of the family's involvement with Eva Smith. His only concern seems to be to give a warning about social responsibility and to test if they have learned everything from his visit. An ordinary police man would never do such a thing. The inspector is used as a symbol by the writer, it seems. The writer tries to make a point about social responsibility and uses the inspector to do this. The inspector is a dramatic device. The inspector could be God, a guardian angel or social conscience personified. It doesn't matter who he is as much as what he does. Sheila is the only person in the play that seems to have understood this. Eva Smith symbolises the unfortunate and the neglected and the down trodden. At the beginning of the play the characters were happy and were celebrating. They thought they had a really good family. The inspector has changed their moods and left them unhappy. He changed the whole mood of the household. ...read more.

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