Active Themes Gerald asks the Inspector if he can look at the photograph, but the Inspector reiterates his preference for maintaining one line of inquiry at a time.
Birling chastises Eric, then asks the Inspector what happened to the girl after he let her Birling informs him that clothes mean more to women, because they function as a sign of He then goes on to make a series of spectacularly inaccurate predictions: He reports, dismissively, that he has left his mother and sister talking about clothes.
Birling asks where the fifty pounds came from, Eric confesses that he took it from his Birling appears to recognize the name, and the Inspector informs him that she had been employed in his works.
Birling tries to convince Sheila to be more reasonable, but Sheila replies that Gerald knows better Birling reinforces a traditional gender stereotype that women care more about their appearance and clothing than men.
Edna mostly sets the scenes in which the family eats and talks. Shown a picture of Eva by Goole, she is horrified to realize that she herself had Eva fired from a sales position that Eva obtained after being dismissed by Arthur.
Eric and Sheila tease each other in typical sibling manner, and their mother attempts to put an end to their bickering.
This is a very brave act: The Inspector coolly proceeds Birling, who denies recognizing it. He then continues to recount the tale of Eva Smith: Like her husband, Mrs Birling is not a very good parent. It's noteworthy that the older more successful Gerald takes Birling's side.
Summary Analysis The scene is set in the dining- room of a house that belongs to a fairly wealthy manufacturer. Active Themes The curtain lifts to reveal a family—the Birlings—and one non-family member, Gerald, sitting at the dining-room table.
He seeks to use his connections to control or limit this investigation. He concludes his speech with another glass of port. This is the sort of "soft" power—of connection and influence—that the rich display almost without knowing it.
Active Themes When Birling presses the Inspector on the reason for his appearance, he explains that he is investigating the suicide of a young woman who recently swallowed disinfectant and died in the Infirmary. Birling believes in the current status quo, which places him on top, and dismisses any change to that order as ridiculous.
Goole says that he is investigating the reasons for the suicide of a woman variously known as Eva Smith, Daisy Renton, and Mrs. The Inspector reminds the family of his peculiar procedural preferences, and contributes yet another pointed theoretical statement inspired by the case, regarding the thin line between criminality and innocence, which seems to suggest that even those acting within the law can be responsible for great harm.
Sheila admits that she was acting out of a Croft may have wanted her daughter to marry someone in a better social position; he lets Gerald know, as a concession for this, that he might be granted a knighthood in the near future.
Birling knows the port to be the same port that Mr. Retrieved September 26, A daisy is a small and pretty flower that can be easily trampled and crushed underfoot.
Active Themes Gerald asks the Inspector if he can look at the photograph, but the Inspector reiterates his preference for maintaining one line of inquiry at a time. Birling scolds the Inspector for upsetting his daughter and their celebratory evening. At the close of the play, the characters wonder aloud whether the Inspector is actually a policeman, and the constabulary confirms that no such man serves on the force.
The fact that Mr. Active Themes Eric re-enters the room, sits down and pours himself a glass of port. He concludes his speech with another glass of port. Birling, but it comes out now that he has come to question others of the Birling family as well—that he sees multiple people in the family as possibly connected to this suicide.
At the close of the play, the characters wonder aloud whether the Inspector is actually a policeman, and the constabulary confirms that no such man serves on the force. Ultimately, though, when he discovers the truth about the Inspector, Gerald is more relieved than repentant, so much so that he offers Sheila her ring which she rejectsas if nothing has happened.
Sheila says that she will be unable to get used to that, and warns Gerald to be careful.
In chastising her husband for a rather harmless remark, Mrs.LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in An Inspector Calls, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. Wealth, Power, and Influence Blame and Responsibility.
An Inspector Calls: Revision notes These notes are to help kick-start your revision of the play for the GCSE English Literature examination. Good Luck. A list of all the characters in An Inspector Calls. The An Inspector Calls characters covered include: Arthur Birling, Sybil Birling, Sheila Birling, Eric Birling, Gerald Croft, Inspector Goole, Edna, Eva Smith/Daisy Renton.
Arthur Birling Character Timeline in An Inspector Calls The timeline below shows where the character Arthur Birling appears in An Inspector Calls. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Analysis of the Character of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly The play "An Inspector Calls" is about an inspector who visits the Birling family, Mr Arthur Birling, Mrs Sybil Birling, Mr Eric Birling, Miss Sheila Birling and Sheila's fiancÃ© Gerald Croft.
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