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An Inspector Calls
An Inspector Calls is a morality play (A drama with a clear message, guiding the
audience to behave in a morally correct way) or a `whodunit' (a detective story)

Priestly wrote it to express his socialist views

The play reveals truth, teaches moral message about responsibility and…

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He wants to protect himself and his family. He believes that socialist ideas
that stress the importance of the community is "nonsense" and that "a man
has to make his own way."
He wants to protect Birling and Co. He cannot see that he did anything
wrong when he fired…

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Page 56 ("Look. Inspector ­ I'd give thousands ­ yes, thousands"): Tries to buy his way
out of trouble.

Page 57 ("You're the one I blame for this."): Refuses to accept responsibility.

Page 57 ("But I care. I was almost certain for a knighthood in the next Honours List ­"):…

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Page 31 ("I'm talking to the Inspector now, if you don't mind.") she thinks her social
position should protect her from unpleasant things.

Page 43 ("Yes."): Admits to prejudice against Eva.

Page 44 ("If you think you can bring any pressure to bear upon me, Inspector, you're
quite mistaken"): Shows…

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Page 24 ("And if I could help her now, I would ­"): Admits that she acted badly, and feels
ashamed without being told: Sheila gets what the inspector wants her to understand by

Page 25 ("Oh don't be stupid"): She guesses Gerald's secret ­ she already suspected it.


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Page 5 ("Steady the Buffs!") He's a bit drunk already.

Page 11 ("My God!"): He naturally feels pity when he hears about Eva

Page 52 ("I'm not very clear about it, but afterwards she told me she didn't want to go in but
that ­ well I was in that…

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Sympathy towards Daisy - "because I was sorry for her;"
He discovers the truth about the Inspector
Agrees with Mr. Birling about the way a business should be run, Gerald has a
similar outlook on life as Mr. Birling as his views about
businesses and how workers should be treated…

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General behavior that is found suspicious:

The timing of his entry (noted by Eric)
His intimate knowledge of Eva's life and despite the fact that he never
spoke to her
His method of working: "one person and one line of enquiry at a time" (A
policeman would not insist on…

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The Birling family and Gerald Croft are celebrating Sheila's engagement to Gerald
Mr. Birling makes speeches outlining his views on the advances in science, new
inventions and the relationship between bosses and workers and saying they
should ignore the `cranks' (page 10) who claim everybody has a responsibility to

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Gerald and Mr. Birling prove that the man wasn't a real inspector by phoning the
Chief Constable and finding out that no such inspector was on the police force
A telephone call to the infirmary reveals that there has been no recent suicide
Eric and Sheila continue to feel guilt…


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