AN INSPECTOR CALLS is subject to payment of a royalty. It is fully protected No nonprofessional performance of the Play may be given without obtaining in. An inspector calls. This play was typed up by [email protected] to be used for the kindle and other ereader's for people who own a hard copy of an. An Inspector Calls. By J.B. Priestly An inspector enters and informs the family that a young woman has committed suicide. play- unlike her children. “Girls of.
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The present play was first performed in Russia in , where "two famous companies, Tairov's Kamerny and the Leningrad Comedy. Theatre, were presenting. The lighting should be pink and intimate until the INSPECTOR arrives, and then it should be brighter .. We play golf together sometimes up at the west brumley. Posted on January 20, by turton Standard. This was found online. Hope it's helpful. An-Inspector-Calls-Full-Text. This entry was posted in Uncategorized.
Birling, in her work for the Brumley Women's Charity Organisation act out of a sense of responsibility or a desire to be seen to be charitable? Where does she claim the responsibility for Eva Smith and her unborn child lies? How is she shown to be wrong? Show how the Inspector demonstrates by bringing out Eva's dealings with the Birlings and Gerald, that his view, not Birling's is right. What point is Priestley making by placing this line in a play published in ?
The Inspector's identity may affect how we view his comments. How is our view of the Inspector's statements affected by his apparently supernatural character?
After he leaves, says the Inspector, the Birlings and Gerald can divide responsibility among themselves. How do they apportion blame when he leaves? Is Birling concerned about the same things that worry Sheila and Eric?
Back to top Sheila is worried earlier in the play by her mother's self-righteous denial of blame. After the Inspector goes she is worried by the attempt to dismiss his visit as a mere practical joke. Consider the idea that the Inspector, by his visit, gives the family a second chance which is lost by the failure of the majority to learn their lesson. How significant in determining the play's conclusion is Gerald's eventually siding with the view of the parents The Inspector has foreseen a suicide about to happen.
They may, by a change of heart, prevent it - but the chance is missed and the suicide occurs. Back to top Who is the Inspector?
Who or what is the Inspector? In the text there are many clues. Examine each of these and try to interpret it. Write an essay, discussing how these clues and the Inspector's general behaviour contribute to the audience's idea of who he is and how correct his statements are.
A real policeman would interview people alone. This Inspector already knows; he wants the others to see what they have done. His asking Birling why he refused Eva's request for a pay rise.
His saying that he never takes offence. His statement that he does not see much of the chief constable. His failure to be alarmed by Birling's threats. Not all, because not all have happened yet: Eva Smith has not yet killed herself, it would seem. His concern for moral law not for criminal law.
Sheila's recognition of his authority and supernatural knowledge - as shown in her warnings to Gerald and to her mother. A police officer would take as much time as was needed. It is as if he needs to finish before the moment at which Eva will decide whether or not to end her life. His final speech, which has nothing to do with criminal law, but which is a lecture on social responsibiility and the perils of ignoring it. The Birlings' discovery that no such officer is on the local police force.
Back to top In the film of An Inspector Calls, the Inspector does not leave the Birlings' house as in the play: he is left alone in Mr. Birling's study; Birling returns to ask him a question, and finds the room empty.
Is this too blatant a way of suggesting that the Inspector is some kind of supernatural or angelic being? Is it more important to know who the Inspector is, or what he has to say? Should Priestley the playwright have made him more obviously spooky? Write an essay discussing the character of the Inspector, his method of discovering the truth, the effect he has on each of the other characters, both while he is with them and after he has gone. Give your view of who or what he is, and why you think this.
Back to top What next? At the end of the play there are many possibilities, and we cannot say with certainty what might happen. Will the Birlings try to persuade their children to conceal the truth from the real Inspector who is coming?
Will Sheila and Eric insist on openness? Where will Gerald stand now? Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Edna enters and announces that a police inspector by the name of Goole has called on an important matter. Birling instructs her to let him in, and jokes with Gerald that Eric has probably gotten himself into trouble.
Eric appears uneasy at the suggestion. Birling demonstrates his familiarity with the local police officers as a sign of power. This is the sort of "soft" power—of connection and influence—that the rich display almost without knowing it. Birling's unfamiliarity with Inspector Goole will also prove significant as the play progresses. Active Themes When Birling presses the Inspector on the reason for his appearance, he explains that he is investigating the suicide of a young woman who recently swallowed disinfectant and died in the Infirmary.
She used more than one name, he says, but her real name was Eva Smith. Birling appears to recognize the name, and the Inspector informs him that she had been employed in his works. When Birling claims to know no more, the Inspector pulls out a picture to show him.
Birling's claim not to know the girl despite the fact that she worked for him is an attempt to insulate himself from her suicide, to assert to no connection to her or her death, almost to deny that he knew her as a human being. She was just a name on his payroll, he seems to be saying. Active Themes Gerald and Eric attempt to look at the photograph as well, but the Inspector does not allow them, preferring to work on only one line of inquiry at a time.
The Inspector's strict procedural protocol of only showing the picture to one person at a time will become very significant later in the play. With this piece of information, the Inspector explicitly asks Gerald to stay. Birling is forced to admit that he does know and remember the girl, and that he took an active role in her firing. This is the first of many such attributions of guilt that will be made throughout the play.
Birling seeks to overawe the Inspector by revealing Gerald's importance. The Inspector's response that Gerald should stay suggests he too is somehow involved.
The Inspector theorizes about the nature of responsibility: in some sense, he proposes, we are responsible even for events very distant from the immediate consequences of our actions, because our actions precipitate others, which precipitate others, and so on and so forth. Then Birling describes Eva Smith as a lively, attractive girl, who was up for promotion, but who became the ring- leader of a group of girls who went on a strike for a raise—shillings per week instead of Eric sees that the "free" world that Birling sees is not so free, in actuality, for the poor.
That in some sense Birling's position is based on an illusory and self-serving view of the world. It's noteworthy that the older more successful Gerald takes Birling's side.
As Birling begins to feel more vulnerable, he increases the social pressure he brings against the Inspector. He seeks to use his connections to control or limit this investigation. Birling chastises Eric, then asks the Inspector what happened to the girl after he let her go. Sheila enters the room; when her father tells her to run along, the Inspector holds her back for questioning. The investigation is beginning to introduce conflict into the family.
Birling seeks to shield her daughter from the investigation, for the simple reason that she's a woman. Birling alone. Birling of the importance of humility at this point in the investigation. Again Sheila appears to have already learned and internalized lessons from the interrogation— in addition to humility, she has developed an increased respect for the lower classes and greater hesitance to draw sharp lines between classes of people.
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Birling reports that her husband is in the other room calming Eric down from his excitable mood. Sheila reminds her mother that she had warned her not to presumptively build walls between herself and others that she deemed less respectable.
Birling needs to be more humble and not so presumptuous, that wealth and the trappings of "respectability" do not automatically equal moral rightness. Public versus Private. Birling enters and reports that Eric has refused to go to bed as his father asked him, because the Inspector has requested that he stay. He asks the Inspector if this is true, and then encourages him to question the boy now, if he is going to at all. The Inspector insists that Eric wait his turn. Birling in the arrogant blindness of her privileged position is blind to this implication.
The Inspector coolly proceeds to ask Gerald when he first got to know Daisy Renton. His presumption of an acquaintance between Gerald and the girl surprises the Birling parents. The Birling parents are continually taken aback by the actual behavior of their children and relations, and yet remain seemingly incapable of drawing lessons from it.
Gerald explains that he was going to leave the bar when he noticed a girl who appeared different from the rest. He continues his description of her as charmingly dressed, and notes that at the moment he noticed her she was being harassed by Old Joe Meggarty. Birling bristles at the idea that Gerald is speaking of Alderman Meggarty, whom she had always thought respectable, but Gerald and Sheila confirm that Meggarty is a renowned womanizer.
Birling are proven to have been ignorant of the actual behavior of others in their "respectable" class, as they learn with great surprise about the universally known immoral behavior of an alderman they presumed to be respectable. Gerald goes on to describe his first meeting with Daisy Renton —he took her out of the bar to the County Hotel, where he asked her questions about herself.
Gerald realized a few nights later, when they met again, that she was completely impoverished, and offered her to live in a set of rooms that belonged to a friend of his who was away on a trip. He assures the Birlings that he did not put her there in order to sleep with her, and that the affair only came after. And this may even be true, but it also suggests he did not understand the level of influence he would have over her once he put her up. Gerald apologizes to the Inspector , but Sheila insists that she rather more deserves the apology.
The Inspector asks firsts whether the girl became his mistress and then whether he was in love with her. Gerald responds affirmatively to the first question and hesitatingly to the second. Gerald was willing to have an affair with a poorer woman he did not love—he was in it for enjoyment. Also note how Gerald doesn't think to apologize to the woman to whom he is engaged. Gerald reports that he broke off the affair in the first week of September, right before he was to go away for several weeks; she took it very well, and Gerald gave her a small parting gift of money to help her support herself for a while.
Gerald comes off relatively cleanly. Upset by the proceedings, Gerald excuses himself to walk outside and be alone for a bit. Sheila returns her engagement ring to him before he leaves. Birling tries to convince Sheila to be more reasonable, but Sheila replies that Gerald knows better than her father does what she means; Gerald concurs.
The inspection has taken a serious toll on the family, now severing ties between the previously engaged Sheila and Gerald. Sheila's comment is interesting, as they are exactly the same people who sat down to dinner; now they just know more about each other. Birling seeks to keep things comfortable and "reasonable" more than he does about his daughter's emotional well-being or pride.
Gerald, like Sheila before, is confident that the Inspector still has unforeseeable tricks up his sleeve. Morality and Legality. The Inspector shows the photograph to Mrs. Birling , who denies recognizing it. The Inspector accuses her of lying.