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"An Inspector Calls"
Context
The play is set in 1912 but was first performed in 1945

1912 ­

The Titanic sinks the day the play is set = the dream gone
8 million people lived on very low wages
Many strikes
Britain had a very distinct class system
Rich and…

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Guilt ­

The play operates on one level as a detective story
The death of Eva smith is presented as a crime
All suspects are guilty of a social crime
Response to the guilt differs from character to character
Not all show remorse or guilt
Some admit their guilt while…

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she reflects what could easily happen because of selfishness




Key Quotes
Act 1

"Solid Furniture"pg.1
"not cosy and homelike" pg.1
"light should by pink and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it should be
brighter and harder" pg.1
"all five are in evening dress" pg.1
"Birling is a heavy…

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Gerald: "It was inevitable. ... I became at once the most important person in her life"
pg. 37
Gerald: " she was lovely" pg.37
Gerald: " I didn't feel about her as she felt about me" pg.38
Gerald: "I broke it off definitely... she was ­ very gallant ­ about…

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