An Inspector Calls

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Gerald- Family

  • Mr Birling- he is like a younger version of him. He is the son-in-law he aways wanted. He agrees with him on politics-"i believe your right sir" and women- "i know we'd have done the same thing". He supports his decision to sack Eva Smith "you couldn't have done anything else". 
  • Mrs Birling- he impresses her "I must say, Gerald, you've argued this very cleverly" when she finds out about the affair, she is digusted "i don't think we want any further details about this digusting affair"
  • Shiela- he hopes to marry her "everything's all right now sheila (holds up ring) what about his ring?"  he wants to protect sheila and after she finds out about the afair, he sets out to win her back by proving the inspector was a hoax, and therefore their problems just go away
  • Eric- he doesn't interact with him much but has gathered he is a heavy drinker.  "i have gathered that he does drink very hard"
  • Inspector-  Gerald thinks he is above him and doesn't think he needs to tell him anything. he likes to be in control and is not happy when I says he can't see the picture. he is also rude to him "fortunately it isn't left to you"
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Gerald- stage directions

  • "showing annoyance" he is annoyed because the inspector won't let him see the picture. He doesn't like not being in control and feels left out that MR B sees the pic and not him. 
  • "decisively" {we can settle that at once} he is very self assured and confident again. Quick to take control and be the hero and put everything back the way it was to save his won reputation and win Sheila back

Gerald was included in the play to change the way people look at poor people. Many poor girls at that time, including Eva Smith would have turned to prostitution where middle- upper class men would have taken advantage of them. Gerald kept Eva as a mistress for his own pleasure and discarded her when it suited him. He left her and made her homeless. 

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Sheila- Family

  • Mr Birling-  she is angry at the fact he hasn't learnt any lessons. She begins to take more notice of the inspector than him. The inspector becomes her patriachal figure instead. 
  • Mrs Birling- she doesn't want her to fall into the trap. "but mother do stop before it is too late" she tells her. She looks up to her mother for approvalat the beggining of the play "mummy isn't it a beauty?" but by the end she is angry at the fact her mum hasn't seemed to learn any lessons.
  • Gerald- he hopes to marry her "everything's all right now sheila (holds up ring) what about his ring?"  he wants to protect sheila and after she finds out about the afair, he sets out to win her back by proving the inspector was a hoax, and therefore their problems just go away
  • Eric- shelia tries to proect him by stopping mum from saying horible things about the father of the baby. "mother- stop- stop!" "don't you see-" they agree that their parents  are "trying not to face the facts" Eric sticks up for her "she's right though" that "it doesn't make any real distance" whether the inspector was a hoax or not
  • Inspector-  he makes an impression on her "you seem to have made quite an impression on the girl" she becomes more like him, asks as many qs to Gerald as him, contradicting and undermiming her parents. She wants the same as him to break down the "wall" that they have put between themselves and Eva. 
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Sheila- stage directions

  • "very plesed with life and rather excited" at beggining- she is at first childish and young (use of the slang word squiffy)but she is revealed to be more mature after learning what she had done and becomes insistent to break away from her parents and take responsibility unlike them
  • "with sudden alarm" {mother-stop- stop!} she is wise and works out eric's role in this buisness. she wants to protect him and stop her mother saying something she may later regret
  • "with sharp sarcasm" {of course not you were the wonderful fairy prince. You must have adored it} she is angry at Gerald's affair and the fact he is slow to admit it. she is shown that she has already changed as she has learnt what she did wrong. She is no longer as childish but now more moral

Sheila is included in the play to change how they way we look at poor people because Eva Smith could have been like her if only she had been born into money. Sheila shows their is hope for the new generation as she sees what she has done wrong and is eager to learn from the consequences

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Sheila- stage directions

  • "very plesed with life and rather excited" at beggining- she is at first childish and young (use of the slang word squiffy)but she is revealed to be more mature after learning what she had done and becomes insistent to break away from her parents and take responsibility unlike them
  • "with sudden alarm" {mother-stop- stop!} she is wise and works out eric's role in this buisness. she wants to protect him and stop her mother saying something she may later regret
  • "with sharp sarcasm" {of course not you were the wonderful fairy prince. You must have adored it} she is angry at Gerald's affair and the fact he is slow to admit it. she is shown that she has already changed as she has learnt what she did wrong. She is no longer as childish but now more moral

Sheila is included in the play to change how they way we look at poor people because Eva Smith could have been like her if only she had been born into money. Sheila shows their is hope for the new generation as she sees what she has done wrong and is eager to learn from the consequences

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