GCSE An Inspector Calls

Goole. G- double O-L-E
INSPECTOR Supernatural. Sounds like 'ghoul' or ghost - is the inspector a spectre?
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We'll have to share our guilt
INSPECTOR Law - Morality - Guilt - Responsibility Inspector tells everyone they are guilty in some way - even if it's just not thinking about Eva / Daisy.
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Public men have responsibilities as well as privileges
INSPECTOR Responsibility Inspector tells Mr Birling that he can't just take. He tells him that he has to take care of people, not just himself and his family.
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I haven't much time
INSPECTOR Time Does the Inspector control time? Has he come back from the future?
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Fire and blood and anguish
INSPECTOR Revolution - Fairness - Responsibility A warning about World War 1 and 2. The audience know that wars are coming. He is also warning everyone that poor people will suffer more and more unless we treat everyone fairly.
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There are millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives.
INSPECTOR Fairness - Responsibility Eva may have dies but she is just an example of all the people who have no rights, no power. The Inspector tells us we must look after everyone, not just our family and friends.
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We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.
INSPECTOR Responsibility The Inspector tells us we must look after everyone, not just our family and friends.
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I speak as a hard-headed businessman
MR BIRLING Money - Power - Materialistic (cares about things not people / passions) Mr Birling believes his advice and opinion should be taken on everything because he owns a business. He is very proud to be a capitalist (money maker) and wealthy.
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The Titanic... unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable
MR BIRLING Lack of awareness Priestley shows the audience how wrong Mr Birling is. If he's wrong about The Titanic, he's wrong about everything else (like looking after only yourself, Socialism and taking care of poorer people).
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I'd give thousands
MR BIRLING Money - Regret - Responsibility Mr Birling uses money to demonstrate how much he'd like things to be different. It shows he is money-centred. It shows he takes some responsibility, but only a bit.
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A man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own.
MR BIRLING Responsibility Mr B says we only have to look after our family and friends - but nobody else. This is exactly the opposite of what the Inspector says about looking after everyone.
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If you don't come down hard on these people, they'll soon be asking for the earth.
MR BIRLING Class - Money Mr Birling talks about working class as "these people" like they're different to and less than him. He also misses the point that these people have nothing and Eva was only asking for a little extra money.
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A fair chance I might find my way into the next Honours List.
MR BIRLING Class - Money - Power Mr Birling is expecting to be made a knight or a sir. It shows that he is powerful. However, it also shows that he is worried about his status and knows he's 'below' Lord & Lady Croft.
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The whole story's just a lot of moonshine.
MR BIRLING Responsibility - Law He is relieved when it appears that the Inspector is not real and the story was made up. He thinks he can just carry on as before (unlike Sheila and Eric) as the "public scandal" was the thing he really cared about.
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public scandal
MR BIRLING Money - Power - Class Mr Birling is terrified there will be a scandal which drags his name through the mud. He cares more about what people think of him than he does a girl's death.
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You talk as if we were responsible.
SHEILA Responsibility Near the start... Sheila doesn't see how the Birlings are to blame (but soon changes her mind).
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These girls aren't cheap labour - they're people.
SHEILA Class - Responsibility Sheila starts to see that her father's way of looking at the world is wrong, and the Inspector's is right.
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So I'm really responsible?
SHEILA Responsibility - Guilt Sheila takes (some) responsibility for Eva's death. ~ Compare her reaction to her mum and dad's ~
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I felt rotten about it at the time and now I feel worse.
SHEILA Responsibility - Guilt Sheila talks about getting Eva sacked. She feels guilty and responsible.
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I'll never, never do it again to anybody. I'm desperately sorry.
SHEILA Responsibility - Guilt Sheila promises that she's mended her ways.
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You used the power you had... to punish the girl?
INSPECTOR (to SHEILA) Power - Responsibility The Inspector shows his anger at Sheila for getting Eva sacked and abusing her power.
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You mustn't try to build up a wall between us and that girl. If you do, the Inspector will just break it down.
SHEILA (to Mrs Birling) Responsibility - Class - Power Sheila knows that the Inspector knows everything and won't allow the Birlings to not take responsibility for Eva's fate.
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You don't seem to have learnt anything
SHEILA Responsibility Sheila is shocked that the others just want to go back to how it was now they think the Inspector was a fake.
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Girls of that class...
MRS BIRLING Class Mrs B shows that she thinks less of working class people, and that she is above them. She thinks "they" behave differently (and worse) than those of his class.
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(Triumphantly) didn't I tell you
MRS BIRLING Inspector is a hoax, Knows it all, Blames on everyone else, Smug/I told you so, Arrogant
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Look for the father of the child. It's his responsibility
MRS BIRLING She won't accept responsibility and insteads blames the father. It is ironic because the father is her son and therefore Priestley makes Mrs Birling look like a fool exposing the upper class.
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As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money
MRS BIRLING She clearly has preconceptions about working-class girls suggesting that they lack morals and will always take money.
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Eric! You stole money?
MRS BIRLING She is more worried about their own money than the death of Eva Smith. This shows how just like Mr Birling she doesn't want a public scandal.
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I think she had only herself to blame
MRS BIRLING She does not take responsibility.
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Great deal of useful work in helping deserving cases
MRS BIRLING She implies that Eva is not deserving and therefore she discriminated against her.
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Why shouldn't they try for higher wages?
ERIC He sticks up for the lower class. He has different morals than his father and actually cares for the lower class and sees the class division as less of an issue.
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I stole some money, Gerald, you might as well know
ERIC He doesn't want anymore secrets - learnt his lesson
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You're not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble
ERIC Damaged relationship with his father
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After all, y'know, we're respectable citizens and not criminals
GERALD Ironic, they're the ones who were apart of the chain of events which killed Eva
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what?
GERALD When inspector says 'Daisy Renton-' Gerald immediately gives himself away
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No proof it was the same girl
GERALD Leading against inspector, Won't take responsibility/learn from mistakes, Sees as an escape
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Everything's all right now, Sheila
GERALD Pretends nothing happened, Shallow- uses Sheila's status to get her back (doesn't work)
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Card 2

Front

INSPECTOR Law - Morality - Guilt - Responsibility Inspector tells everyone they are guilty in some way - even if it's just not thinking about Eva / Daisy.

Back

We'll have to share our guilt

Card 3

Front

INSPECTOR Responsibility Inspector tells Mr Birling that he can't just take. He tells him that he has to take care of people, not just himself and his family.

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

INSPECTOR Time Does the Inspector control time? Has he come back from the future?

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

INSPECTOR Revolution - Fairness - Responsibility A warning about World War 1 and 2. The audience know that wars are coming. He is also warning everyone that poor people will suffer more and more unless we treat everyone fairly.

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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