I have to write an essay about whether I think the Inspector likes any of the Birlings' or Gerald from "An Inspector Calls" but I am not quite sure how to start it, thanks!I'm only looking for a...

I have to write an essay about whether I think the Inspector likes any of the Birlings' or Gerald from "An Inspector Calls" but I am not quite sure how to start it, thanks!

I'm only looking for a beginning paragraph or something that I could introduce the essay with.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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This is an interesting question, and I would say that it is quite difficult to establish the inspector’s feelings as he is a device used by Priestley to highlight the reactions, feelings and emotions of the dinner guests to illustrate their ignorance.

The Inspector could be said to be the voice of a moral conscience, and as a result our reactions as the audience to the attitudes and words of the party guests most likely reflect the attitudes of the Inspector. If you follow this line of argument, you will need to establish your own reactions to each of the characters first, to establish the Inspector’s view.

In the case of Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald, you may feel that their steadfast refusal to accept responsibility for their actions and the welfare of others is repellant, and contradicts the inspectors view that –

 We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.

When looking at Sheila and Eric, they both experience an awakening to the idea of moral conscience and therefore the audience, and the Inspector, would look more favorably on them.

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