An Inspector Calls Key Quotes with Explanation - GCSE English Literature

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  • An Inspector Calls
    • Mr Birling
      • ACT 3
        • "Probably a socialist or some sort of crank "
          • About Inpector Goole
        • "The famous younger generation who know it all"
          • About Sheila and Eric's reaction to their parents.
    • Sheila
      • ACT 1
        • "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"
          • Her response to Birling sacking Eva
      • ACT 2
        • "You mustn't try to build a kind of wall between us and that girl"
          • To her mpother's defensive and non-compliant attitude towards teh inspector about Eva.
        • "I rather repect you more than I've ever done before"
          • To Gerald once he confessed and she gave back the ring,
      • ACT 3
        • "The point is , you don't seem to have learnt anything"
          • To Birling about his lack of responsibilit
        • "Between us we drove  that girl to commit suicide"
          • How they all played a part in Eva's suicide.
    • Eric
      • ACT 3
        • "I wasn't in love with her or anything - but I liked her - she was pretty and a a good sport"
          • About Eva/Daisy
      • ACT 1
        • "[rather noisly]  All the best! She's got a nasty temper sometimes - but hse's not bad really. Good old sheila!"
          • The sibling bond between Eric and Sheila is clearly shown throughout the play. Here however, he seems to be slyly hinting at some sort of hostility. Could be that Sheila is getting married, thus leaving him to the dark and her as the source of her parents attention.
    • Gerald
      • ACT 1
        • I don’t pretend to know much about it.?
          • Gerald is being ‘well-bred’. A gentleman never boasts of any particular expertise.
      • ACT 2
        • "I hate those hard eyed dough face women"
          • He can be very superficial in his view of women. If they don't meet his standards then he deems them unworthy of his attention.
    • Inspector Goole
      • ACT 2
        • "Why should you do any protesting? It was you who turned the girl out in the first place"
          • Sharply to Birling
      • ACT 3
        • "We are meber of one body. We are responsible for each other"
          • Parting words tot he family.
    • Mrs Birling
      • ACT 2
        • "Nothing but morbid curiosity"
          • Accuses Sheila for staying around to satisfy her curiosity
        • "Yes, I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence"
          • When talking about Eva/ Daisy calling herself 'Mrs Birling'
        • "First, the girl herself... Secondly, I blame the young man who was the father of the child... he should be made an example of."
          • WHen asked by IG who is to blame
        • "There must be some mistake."
          • Mrs Birling has been blaming the young man - saying he should be fully responsible and "made an example of." WHen she realises that the 'young man' is her son himself she is quick to stop degrading the father of EVa's child. Motherhood.


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