English Literature: An Inspector Calls Analysis Act 2

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Talk about the theme men and women linked to the place 'the palace stalls'
The palace stalls are well know for being a place to pick up prostitutes, it's like Gerald went there to pick up a prostitute himself.
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Talk about the theme learning about life - linked to Sheila's ring
Although she's dazzled by the ring at first, Sheila's mature enough to realise the consequences of marrying a man who's lied to her
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Gerald asks the Inspector if he can leave, what does this show?
That the inspector is in control now, not Birling.
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What is inferred when Birling says "You must understand that a lot of young men -"
He's defending Gerald, and inferring that lots of men have mistresses.
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How did Gerald blatantly lie to Sheila?
Earlier in the play he said he hadn't seen must last summer because he was too busy to work.
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What does Gerald say about Sheila suggesting that Daisy loved him as her "wonderful fairy prince"?
He doesn't say he loved Daisy, but agrees that he "adored" being loved by her
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Why was Gerald partially to blame for Eva/Daisy's suicide?
He finished with her just before he went on a business trip, although he gave her some money, he effectively made her homeless.
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What did Eva/Daisy feel about herself and Gerald? What evidence is there to suggest this?
She went to a "seaside place" to remember their time together "just to make it last longer" For Eva "there'd never be anything as good again"
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How/why is Mrs Birling so shocked by Gerald's affair?
She doesn't understand the term "women of the town" (prostitutes) and is upset to learn that Gerald's been seeing them.
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What does Gerald do about his relationship with Daisy?
He tells the others, and defends it, "you know, it wasn't disgusting"
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Explain when The Inspector points out Gerald's hypocrisy.
Gerald thinks that women should be "protected" when it's men like him who took advantage of Daisy Renton - "one young woman who wasn't" protected
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What does Gerald do when the Inspector asks him "Well?"
Ignores him.
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What does Gerald want Sheila to do by excusing her for being "hysterical"
He wants her to leave so he doesn't have to tell her more details about his affair.
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Talk about the theme young and old - linked to tension between them
The inspector increases hthe tension between the parents and children by using Sheila's help to get sybil to tell the whole story
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Talk about the theme Social Class - linked to Mrs B denying Eva Smith help
Mrs Birling dismissed Eva/Daisy's story as "ridiculous" because she couldn't believe that a girl of "that sort" (working class) would ever refuse money. She based her refusal on class prejudice.
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Talk about the theme Learning about life - linked to Sheila handing back the ring
She recognised that she'd changed when she handed the ring back to Gerald, saying that they weren't "the same people who sat down to dinner"
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Talk about the turning point in the action when all the characters (except Gerald) are on stage.
Eric is forced to give a public confession.
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What cliffhanger is act two left on?
The audience is left wondering whether or not Eric was the "drunken young idler" that got Eva/Daisy pregnant
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What is suggested by the fact that Eric has been absent for the majority of the play
That he is running away from his family and their expectations of him
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When Eric walks in, he's looking "extremely pale and distressed" Explain
It's as if he has been summoned to the dock, and his mother's already declared him guilty without knowing
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How does Sheila almost control the Birling family?
She demands that Gerald and Sybil answer the Inspector's questions and tells Birling not to interfere when he's defending the behaviour of young men sleeping around.
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Sheila is stubborn like her parents, how after what is the juxtaposition in the way the two groups use this stubbornness?
Parents - use it to resist the Inspector. Sheila - leads her to seek out the truth
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What is the audiences opinion on Sheila since the incident at Milwards?
They think she had matures,and realise that now she's a very different Sheila from the well-behaved and blushing bride-to-be of Act one.
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Why doesn't the Inspector intervene when Sybil is blaming the father of the child?
He's letting jer walk straight into a trap-demanding that he punishes her own son.
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Which individual questioning is the most dramatic?
Sybil's - she's totally unaware of what Eric is going to say.
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What is Sheila open to and therefore guesses?
Open to the idea that her family are guilty and therefore guess that Eric might be the "young man" that sybil's determined to blame.
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What is Sybil's reaction when Inspector Goole shows her the photograph?
She pretends not to recognise it.
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What does Sybil refuse to do even when her actions have been revealed?
Accept responsibility for them
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Why can't Sybil Birling empathise with Eva/Daisy's situation.
She can't imagine herself being in a similar situation. She is so obsessed with social class and reputation that she can't recognise connections between her life and anyone else's.
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What two reasons caused Mrs B to persuade the committee to turn down Eva/Daisy's request for help?
She said her name was 'Birling',Mrs B thought this was a "piece of gross impertinence"(rude)for Eva to dare associate her own scandal with the Birling name,&she changed her story,she said her husband had left her,but then admitted she wasn't married
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How does Priestley contrast Mrs Birling with Eva/Daisy.
Contrasts Mrs B's attempts to preserve her reputation with Eva/Daisy's moral standards.
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What three reasons explain why Eva/Daisy wouldn't marry the father of her child and take money from him?
He didn't love her, he was a "youngster - silly and wild and drinking too much", and the money he's been giving her was stolen.
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What does sybil say the inspector should do to the father of Eva's child?
That he should punish him "very severely" before making him "confess in public his responsibility"
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Who doesn't Sybil blame for Eva/Daisy's death? What does she presume by doing this?
The father Eva's child for getting involved with a girl from a different class. She assumes she wouldn't know a man who drinks and steals.
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What does Sybil Birling do after realising she can't resist the Inspector's questions?
Blame the father of the child, rather than admitting her own guilt
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What is inferred when Birling says "You must understand that a lot of young men -"

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