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The ending is important because it creates an unexpected climax which poses more problems than it solves. Throughout the play, the characters had been confronted by their moral frailty. They were...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 1:27 pm UTC

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The various forms of power on display in An Inspector Calls all have the same purpose: to keep the poor and downtrodden in a state of subjection. Whether it's economic power, moral power, or the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2021 7:14 am UTC

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Socialism is presented by Priestley as more of a moral imperative than an economic rival to capitalism. In An Inspector Calls Priestley allegorizes what he sees as the morally destructive impact of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2018 9:26 am UTC

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In An Inspector Calls, the Birling family occupy a privileged and powerful but somewhat precarious position in the class hierarchy. Arthur Birling is part of the newly rich middle class, who is...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2021 7:06 pm UTC

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Priestley presents Gerald Croft as the epitome of all that's wrong with the English upper-classes. Superficially charming, but somewhat shallow and spoiled, he is the perfect representative of a...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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Inspector Goole, as his name implies, represents the unnatural or spiritual. The name is a play on the word 'ghoul' which is an evil spirit or a phantom. Furthermore, the word can also refer to a...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 11:10 am UTC

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Eva Smith is killed by the selfishness of others. She was dismissed from her first job at Birlings for protestsing for worker's rights, then sacked from her job at Milwards at the whim of Sheila...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 12:17 pm UTC

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In the Inspector's final speech, he states, "We are responsible for each other." Every person has a duty to behave morally and carefully. In their carelessness, each of the Birlings has had a part...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 1:41 pm UTC

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An Inspector Calls is a play about the abuse of power and authority, in which a young woman falls victim to each member of the Birling family in turn, rendering her more and more powerless with...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 4:14 pm UTC

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Eric Birling has many faults. He steals money from his father, is a drunkard and a philanderer. However, of all of the party guests that night, he is probably the least responsible for the death of...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2010 4:17 pm UTC

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The Inspector's words are not just aimed at the Birlings; they're also aimed at the audience and, even more generally, at humanity as a whole. In keeping with Priestley's socialistic message, the...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018 8:02 am UTC

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At the end of the play, when Gerald makes a call and finds out that Eva Smith has not died and that there has been no case of anyone drinking disinfectant, he is relieved and ebullient. He wants a...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 1:11 am UTC

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When the Inspector is first introduced, Priestley writes, 'The Inspector need not be a big man but he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purpose'. The triplet makes clear...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013 11:38 am UTC

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In general, the reader learns that all of the main characters are well-to-do. The Birlings have a comfortable suburban home with a large dining room. A maid is clearing away dessert and champagne...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 1:24 am UTC

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Eric represents the younger generation of a social class that is self-indulgent and spoiled. In this sense, he becomes an almost willing victim of its uncaring and supercilious attitude. He is...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2017 1:10 pm UTC

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Gerald’s treatment of Daisy Renton (as he knew Eva Smith) was much better than that of the Birlings in that he rescued her from the slimy clutches of Alderman Meggarty, got her food and gave her a...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2012 9:33 am UTC

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Eric Birling is first presented as the ne'er-do-well son of the wealthy and hardheaded businessman Arthur Birling, but later he proves his worth as an honest man. Eric is an alcoholic, whose...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 12:01 am UTC

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The final telephone call is necessary to reinforce the inspector's message with the remaining party members who feel they have escaped the punishment for their sins. Eric and Sheila have both...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 11:53 am UTC

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Whether or not you consider Gerald Croft to be a bad person is largely a matter of opinion. However, there can be little doubt that he's not the most likable of men. He comes across as being a...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018 1:00 pm UTC

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Tension as a literary device refers to the emotional strain or pressure that a writer creates for his or her characters to heighten the drama. The author creates anxiety by exposing characters to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 5:50 pm UTC

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Eric is very responsible; like Gerald Croft, he's a womaniser, frequenting The Palace Bar, an Edwardian ''pick up joint'. There is every indication he's familiar with the prostitutes of the town,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2012 2:27 pm UTC

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Mr. Birling represents everything that Priestley, as a socialist, despises. It's not so much that he's a wealthy industrialist; it's that he's a heartless wealthy industrialist with absolutely no...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 5:32 am UTC

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There are no clear stage directions with regard to lighting in the script itself, but one can assume that the bright and jovial mood in the room would definitely be toned down by the arrival of...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

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In An Inspector Calls, J. B. Priestley reveals the true nature of the Birling family over the course of the play. Initially they seem to be a happy, prosperous, conventional family, headed by a...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2021 5:19 pm UTC

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The opening scene of An Inspector Calls creates the sense for the audience that they will be seeing a traditional British living room comedy. Sheila is described as speaking "gaily," or happily;...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 2:01 pm UTC

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The significance of the title is that from the point where 'An Inspector Calls', the lives of each of the characters in the play have changed forever. Prior to Inspector Goole's arrival, the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 10:11 am UTC

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When Sheila finds out that Eva Smith, a former employee of her father's, committed suicide after being sacked, her initial reaction is, according to the stage direction, "rather distressed." This...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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Well, they don't really. Birling is a strong traditional, conservative, British capitalist, and he has a lot in common with Margaret Thatcher, who believed there was no such thing as society. J. B....

Latest answer posted March 22, 2009 9:35 pm UTC

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At the start of the play, Gerald Croft comes across as a very confident character, very much the archetypal rich young man about town. A life of wealth and ease has given him a sense of...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 9:40 am UTC

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An Inspector Calls is a significant title because not only does an investigative agent arrive at the Birling house in order to interrogate each member of the house regarding a recent suicide, but...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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To a considerable extent, the relationships between the various characters in act I of An Inspector Calls are defined by status. It is made apparent right from the outset that we're dealing with...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019 6:50 am UTC

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When we are introduced to Mr Birling, he comes across as a man who is quite pompous and arrogant. He is impressed by his status and the fact that he is on the cusp of furthering his prestige since...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 12:19 pm UTC

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The most shocking secret is probably the fact that Eric had made Eva Smith pregnant and that he had, out of desperation, stolen money from his father's business in order to support her. The reason...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 6:52 pm UTC

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Inspector Goole from the start is shrouded in mystery, and this continues throughout the play. His name makes it worryingly clear that what will happen is more an inquisition of souls than a normal...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2009 9:41 pm UTC

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As the inspector is leaving the Birlings' house, he says that although Eva Smith is dead, "there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, with...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 1:17 am UTC

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Mr. Birling's an inveterate social climber. Although he's amassed fantastic wealth, he still feels a slight twinge of inferiority on account of his humble origins. More than anything else, he...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2018 4:48 pm UTC

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Priestley wants the audience to consider the effects they have on others and the appropriate way to treat one's fellow human beings. We are asked, along with the characters in the play, to reflect...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011 10:35 am UTC

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Inspector Goole's final speech is delivered almost as a sermon. He has given the impression throughout the play that he is at least detached from, or above the other characters. The pun on the name...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2009 9:58 am UTC

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Although Sheila Birling has already said that she thinks Inspector Goole may not really be a policeman, it is Gerald who first makes enquiries to ascertain the truth of this. When he returns to the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 11:47 am UTC

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The Inspector teaches Gerald Croft and the Birlings that being wealthy and privileged doesn't entitle them to treat the so-called lower classes like dirt. Yet that's precisely how they did treat...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2019 12:11 pm UTC

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A socialist viewpoint expounds the principles of equality, communal sharing, and responsibility. In such a system, the focus is on the community rather than the individual which are basic tenets of...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2016 5:02 pm UTC

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One key moment from Act I of An Inspector Calls is the interruption of the engagement celebration at the Birling home by the arrival of Inspector Goole, who is investigating the suicide of a young...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 11:14 pm UTC

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Sheila Birling's one of the few characters in An Inspector Calls that undergoes any kind of significant change. At first, she's what Priestley describes as "a pretty girl in her early twenties,...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 1:25 pm UTC

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Tension in this act, I think, depends mainly on the fact that the audience now know there is more to come out, and the speed at which Priestley allows it to actually come out - the audience is now...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 9:53 am UTC

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Inspector Goole is the concretization of our conscience. He symbolizes our guilt and aspects relating to the acceptance of such guilt. Priestly uses the inspector to personify mankind's...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2016 5:53 pm UTC

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When Edna announces the arrival of the inspector and mentions that he is from the police and that the reason for his calling is 'important' the reader/audience immediately senses that the inspector...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015 1:08 pm UTC

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The man who calls himself Inspector Goole is investigating the death—an apparent suicide—of a young woman, Eva Smith. Goole arrives at the Birling home to interview the family members about Eva’s...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 9:58 pm UTC

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Whenever you are reading a play, it can be easy to just focus on the dialogue and miss out on the stage direction. The stage direction is the italicized portion, featuring specific instructions...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 12:22 pm UTC

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Gerald Croft is presented as generally a well-meaning, but rather weak young man. He's dominated by his strong-willed father, who strongly disapproves of his engagement to Sheila. Gerald rejects...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018 3:23 pm UTC

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Your question goes to the heart of one of the central themes to do with this play - that of the differences in reactions between the different generations to their own exposed guilt and involvement...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

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