"He inspected us all right..." Write an essay examining how one character is affected by the Inspectors visit.

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Dipak Vyas

English Essay: An Inspector Calls

“He inspected us all right...” Write an essay examining how one character is affected by the Inspectors visit.

The play “An Inspector Calls” was written in 1946 the playwright of this play was J.B Priestley, he had survived both world wars. He was a firm believer in socialism and capitalism. This play deals with the death and destruction that can be caused by both capitalism and socialism. The family were as solid as a rock before the inspector visited. The inspector was a destructive character for the Billings; however he is not portrayed to be a bad character. He is portrayed to be the truth finder and the fact that he is an inspector makes the audience aware of his authority.

Sheila was brought up in a high middle class family background. She is used to the finer things in life as her family is rich. Her family lives in a “fairly large suburban house.” Sheila is engaged to Gerald Croft, this engagement was more of a business merger than a marriage. Sheila’s father is very business minded as he is a “hard nosed business man.” In the play Mr Birling suggests the “Crofts and the Birling’s are no longer competing but are working together.”

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Before the Inspector came on his disastrous voyage through the Birling family, Sheila was cheerful and in high spirits. She was cheerful because she was to get married to a young and handsome Gerald Croft. In the first part of the play Sheila was presented as an attention seeker and the overjoyed one in the family. Most of this joy came from Gerald, “I’ll drink to you, Gerald!” Compared to the other members of the family she is very outgoing and she says what she wants. For example, “Don’t be an ass Erick.” She, however, doesn’t respect her ...

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