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What would an audience learn from the early scenes of "An Inspector Calls".

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What would an audience learn from the early scenes of "An Inspector Calls"by Jon Geary The audience would learn that the play has seven characters and is set in 1912. The whole play is conducted from the Berlings dining room that is in an industrial city called Brumley in the North Midlands. The play opens with the Birling family celebrating Shella's engagement to Gerald Croft who is also at the party. We see that Gerald and the Birlings are fairly wealthy because they can afford to have a party unlike most people at that time. On page 11 the Inspector is introduced and commences to tell the Berlings that "two hours ago a young woman died in the Infirmary". The young woman was dead because she had drunk some bleach. Suicide was suspected. Her name was Eva Smith. He starts his investigation by questioning Mr Birling and slowly works his way through the family, including Gerald Sheila's fianc�e. ...read more.

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This was clearly shown when she says "When I was looking at myself in the mirror I caught sight of her smiling at the assistant, and I was furious with her. I'd been in a bad temper anyhow." Sheila shows she has a lot of power and wealth when she tells the shop's manager that if he doesn't get rid of her then she'll stop coming to the shop and will persuade her mother to close her account with them. So the shop sacked her and again Eva was left with no job and nobody to talk to she was very desperate now and would take any job she could. Gerald is the kind of character that is strong-willed and probably the complete opposite of Sheila. At first Gerald tried to deny knowing Eva because he got to know her while he was courting Sheila. Eva had changed her name to Daisy Renton so no one knew her name when she was being a prostitute. This was the time Gerald got to know her. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr Birling won't take any responsibility for anything that has happened to the girl, he did employ her but she was sacked for wanting some more money. Mr Birling said "she was a very good mechanist". Sheila Birling admitted it was her fault and she was sorry for what she had said and done to get her sacked, to use her wealth to persuade the manager to sack her. Gerald Croft uses Eva Smith and lulled her into a false sense of security by letting her live in a friend's house that had gone to Canada. The playwright is showing the audience that these people have not committed a crime. However, they have been morally wrong because they have show no consideration or understanding of people less fortunate or wealthy than themselves. The audience will be interested to see the inspector papering to know everything about all of the characters and faring them to look at their own behaviour the audience will be looking forward to act two to see how Eric and Mrs Birling have been involved. ...read more.

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