An Inspector Calls - Act Three

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  • An Inspector Calls - Act Three
    • Eric Confesses (51)
      • He is ready to confess - "you know, don't you?"(50)
        • Insensitive given how badly he treated her (acted worse than Gerald)
          • "pretty and a good sport"(52)
          • He was apparently treated as a "kid"(53)
      • Mr B is appalled by theft and shame (53)
        • Has no interest in her suicide
        • Brought shame on the family
          • Eric was his child who was with a prostitute
      • Sybil(&Sheila) returns (53)
        • Disobeys her husband
          • FAMILY LIFE
            • Polite household and perfect reputation - doesn't understand children
              • "I didn't understand" (55) - tries to back herself up but it makes her look stupid
        • Eric doesn't realise his mothers involvement in the death (54/55)
          • "I didn't understand" (55) - tries to back herself up but it makes her look stupid
    • Was it a Hoax?
      • The inspector may not have been real
        • The parents think it makes all the difference that he may not have been real
          • "The whole thing's different now"(70)
        • Sheila and Eric both believe that it doesn't matter if he was fake because what he showed was true
          • "Whoever the chap was the fact remains.."(64)
      • Gerald returns and splits the family further (61/62)
        • "That man wasn't a police inspector"(62)
          • "How do you know it's the same photograph?"(67) he calls hospital and there is no suicide
            • Gerald "everything's all right now"(71) making it seem as if there was never any crime
              • Gerald becomes the one who makes the summaries as he tries to save himself
          • The inspector may not have been real
            • The parents think it makes all the difference that he may not have been real
              • "The whole thing's different now"(70)
            • Sheila and Eric both believe that it doesn't matter if he was fake because what he showed was true
              • "Whoever the chap was the fact remains.."(64)
        • Mrs B is proud she "didn't give in" (63) to him
      • Phone call at very end
        • Immediately after Birling says "the famous younger generation who know it all"(72)
        • Birling STILL thinks he knows it all so hasn't learnt the inspectors lesson..
    • The Inspectors' Speech (55&56)
      • Sums up how each character has played their part
        • Sheila "helped - but didn't start it"(56) by turning her out of her SECOND job
        • Gerald "at least he had some affection for her and made her happy for a time"(56)
        • Eric "used her"(56) because he was drunk
        • Arthur "you started it."(56)
        • Mrs B "you turned her away when she most needed help"(55)
      • Links Eva/Daisy to the rest of society "millions of Eva Smiths and John.."(56)
        • All our lives are "intertwined", we're "members of one body" - everyone is affected (56)
        • Must learn to be more responsible, it'll lead to "fire and blood and anguish"(56)
          • Inspector is foreseeing the result
      • Inspector says they'll have plenty of time to "adjust"(51) at start of act 3
      • Petty squabbling just after his moral speech signals a decline (57)
        • Arthur doesn't want anything to change - he still wants to be in charge
          • Says he's "learnt plenty"(58) but doesn't accept the blame. Only thinks about how his kids actually behave
            • LEARNING ABOUT LIFE
              • Petty squabbling just after his moral speech signals a decline (57)
                • Arthur doesn't want anything to change - he still wants to be in charge
                  • Says he's "learnt plenty"(58) but doesn't accept the blame. Only thinks about how his kids actually behave
                    • LEARNING ABOUT LIFE
                  • "ashamed"(57) is passed between the family members
                    • Mrs B is "absolutely ashamed"(57) of Eric's drinking
                    • Eric is "ashamed" of his parents actions
                    • Sheila blames herself
                    • Parents haven't learnt anything and would only be ashamed about a public scandal
            • "ashamed"(57) is passed between the family members
              • Mrs B is "absolutely ashamed"(57) of Eric's drinking
              • Eric is "ashamed" of his parents actions
              • Sheila blames herself
              • Parents haven't learnt anything and would only be ashamed about a public scandal

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