In An Inspector Calls, why is the ending important in the play?

In An Inspector Calls, the ending is important because it leaves more questions than answers. The characters of the play learn the earlier events of the day are fake, and they quickly forget their guilt. But at the end, the fake events prove to be a foreshadowing of what's to come, with the news of a girl who died and an inspector on his way to question them about it. The audience doesn't know what will happen to the characters, because the play ends right before the inspector arrives.


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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 forced to acknowledge their roles in Eva Smith's unfortunate and horrifying demise. Mr and Mrs Birling stubbornly refuse to accept their guilt, whilst Sheila, Eric and Gerald Croft acknowledge their role in the unfortunate girl's suicide.

When inspector Goole leaves, the characters and the audience are taken on a roller coaster of discovery and surprise. The audience is especially drawn into the final events since a number of intriguing events occur. First there is Gerald's statement that he had discovered that the wily inspector was not a detective at all. One of the local policemen had told him that they had no inspector Goole at their office. This fact is confirmed by a phone call Mr Birling makes to the the station.

The older Birlings and Gerald express relief and are convinced that the whole...

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