English Literature: An Inspector Call Theme - Judgement

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What does Secular mean?
Non-religious.
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What does omniscient mean?
'Knowing everything'
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What two genres does an inspector calls have?
A murder mystery and a morality play.
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When were morality plays written? What was there aim?
They were written in the late middle ages. They tried to teach people how to behave and were warnings against the dangers of sin.
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How does an inspector calls follow the same kind of idea as morality plays?
It points out everyone's sins, and tries to get them to confess and repent.
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Why is an inspector calls different from the old morality plays?
It doesn't follow christian ideas - the moral judge isn't god, its a police officer. Preistley makes his morality play secular.
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What is a temporal law?
Law courts not based on religion
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Complete the sentence: The inspector represents temporal law - but...
in the end it turns out that it's not a legal issue - its a moral one.
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Why does Priestley deliberately leave questions about the Inspector unanswered?
It increases the mystery and the feelings of tension within the play.
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What is the Inspector's origin? What does he appear to be?
His origin is unknown and he appears to be omniscient - they didn't tell anything he didn't already know?
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What seems unbelievable about Inspector Goole being real?
He knows so many details.
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Talk about Sheila saying she had an ida "all along" that "there was something curious about him"
She questions the supernatural side of the whole thing - she asks what he was, not who he was.
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What matters most about the Inspector?
Not who he is but how the Birling family react the lesson he teaches them, and who learns from it.
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What do Gerald, Arthur and Sybil decide about the situation and the lesson they have been taught.
It was a hoax. They're relieved the inspector was a fraud - they think they've been let off the hook.
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What do Sheila and Eric decide about the situation and the lesson they have been taught.
They waver slightly when they find out there was no suicide, but they've learnt the important lesson - even if their story didn't have the tragic ending it might have done.
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What does Sheila and Eric do when they're given an opportunity to pretend it never happened?
Hold true to their moral instincts.
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What does Gerald, Birling and Mrs B do when they're given an opportunity to pretend it never happened?
Act selfishly and don't take responsibility for their actions.
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What does omniscient mean?

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When were morality plays written? What was there aim?

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How does an inspector calls follow the same kind of idea as morality plays?

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