Inspector Calls

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Mr Arthur Birling

  • Sacked Eva from his Factory
  • Capitalist
  • He accepts no responsibilty for Evas death
  • He fired her because she asked for a higher wage.
  • When he finds out its been a hoax he still doesn't accept any responsibility.
  • Dramatic Irony when he says about how the Germans will never start a war, just before the second world war and when he says the titanic will never sink.
  • Alderman for years; Lord Mayor 2 years ago; Still on the bench; Friends with the Chief Inspector"
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  • "A man has to make his own way-has to look after himself"
  • "It's my duty to keep labour costs down"
  • "Oh well - put like that theres something in what you say. Still, I can't accept any responsibilty. If we all were responsible for everything that happened to everyone we'd had to do with, it would be very awkward wouldn't it?"
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Mrs Sybil Birling

  • Snob
  • Works at the Brumley Womens Charity Organisation
  • Selfish
  • Remorseless
  • Loyal to Mr Birling
  • Looks down and couldn't care less about the working class
  • In denial about Eric
  • Cares about her public image greatly
  • She turned Daisy away from the Brumley womens charity when she asked for help
  • She turned Daisy away because she called herself Mrs Birling; Predjudice
  • Drops Eric in it when talking about it should be the father who pays for the child
  • Doesn't accept responsibilty after she finds out its a hoax
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  • "Go look for the father of the child, It's his responsibilty"
  • (To Eric) "But I didn't know it was you"
  • (Patronising) "You seem to have made a great impression on the child Inspector"
  • (Patronising) "You ought to go to bed"; "Really the things you girls pick up these days" (To Shelia)
  • "Girls of that class" (Snob)
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Shelia Birling

  • Pressures Milwards into sacking Eva when she believed Eva had laughed at her for trying on an unsuitable dress.
  • Admits Jelousy over Evas beauty
  • Getting Engaged to Gerald Croft
  • Recognises that there is something unusual about the Inspector
  • Remorseful
  • Samrt; Links it all together
  • Feels responsible
  • Innocent
  • Only one who is open about Erics drink problem
  • Shelia behaves at first like a spoilt child.
  • She is protected by her parents
  • Shelia is CHANGED; By the end of the play she has learnt something
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  • "And I know i'm to blame - and i'm desperatley sorry"
  • "So i'm really responsible?"
  • "These girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"
  • (Writers description) "Pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited"
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Gerald Croft

  • He is an aristocrat; The son of Lord and Lady Croft. We realise they are not over imnpressed by Geralds engagement to Shelia because they declined the invitation.
  • Not as willing as Shelia to admit his part in Evas death
  • Knew Eva as Daisy Renton
  • Did have some genuine feelings for Daisy and is very moved by her death.
  • He arranged for Daisy to live in his friends flat "because I was sorry for her", she became his mistress because "she was young and pretty and warm hearted-and intensly grateful"
  • Tries to come up with as much evidence as possible to prove that the inspector is a fake, to get him of the hook.
  • Throws his energies into protecting himself rather than changing himself
  • NOT gained a new sense of social responsibility; This is why shelia is unsure about whether to take the ring back.
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  • Described as "an attractive chap about 30, rather too manly to be a dandy but very much the easy well-bred man about town"
  • To Shelia "So - for Gods sake- don't say anything to the inspector"
  • "Because i was sorry for her!"
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Eric Birling

  • Drunk
  • Eratic
  • "Squiffy"
  • Acts guilty at the start when Gerald and Arthur joke he's done something wrong
  • Can't talk to his parents about his problems
  • Eva was just a good time
  • Describes Eva as "pretty" and a "good sport"
  • Offers to marry eva when he got her pregnant
  • Steals for Eva but she doesn't accept
  • Takes Evas side, aggres with Shelia

Act 1 foreshadows the rest of the play

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  • Describes Arthur as "Not the sort of man you can turn to"
  • He "threatened to make a row" when Eva wouldn't let him in
  • Agrees with Shelia: "Why shouldn't these girls try for higher wages?"
  • "The money is not the important thing. It's what happened to the girl and what we did that matters"
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Inspector Goole

  • Socialist
  • Mysterious
  • Doesn't like people who are snobs eg. Mr and Mrs Birling
  • In control of the entire play
  • Not who he seems


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  • "We are responsible for each other"
  • "This girl killed herself - and died a horrible death. But each of you helped to kill her"
  • "We don't live alone. We are members of one body."
  • "Public men Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges"
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