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An Inspector Calls - Key Quotations and Evaluation You re squiffy Sheila to Eric (Act 1) Shows Eric/ Sheila s brother

/ sister relationship. Colloquial language set period. Shows Eric drinks too much. I speak as a hard-headed business man. (Act 1) Shows Mr Birling is hard-hearted. Shows pride in his hard-won success. Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable. Mr Birling (Act 1) Dramatic irony audience knows something the characters don t. Titanic is a metaphor for the family and its privileged position. We really must stop these silly pretences. Sheila to Mrs Birling (Act 2) Sheila understands the Inspector s message. Shows a division growing between Sheila and her mother. Shows that Sheila understands the need to stop lying. (Key theme) Girls of that class. Mrs Birling to the Inspector (Act 2) Shows Mrs Birling thinks she is socially and morally superior. Almost as though the poor are by definition squalid and worthless. Emphasis on that shows her disgust in the working class. She was very pretty soft brown hair and big dark eyes. Gerald (Act 2) Gerald s language stresses the difference between Eva and women of the town who he calls hard-eyed and dough-faced . By stressing the positive aspects of Eva, it makes her mistreatment seem even more cruel. You re not the kind of father a chap could go to when he s in trouble. Eric (Act 2) The Birlings are not only hard-hearted towards the working class, but they are also inadequate parents. Birling says his son has been spoilt, and he is more concerned with covering up Eric s wrongdoings so to avoid a social scandal. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. The Inspector (Act 3) The core message of the Inspector and the play. Directly contrasts with Birling s message of every man for himself . The message applies to all the characters and the audience. Everything s all right now, Sheila. Gerald to Sheila (Act 3) This shows Gerald has not understood the message. He cannot see that Sheila has been changed by the revelations. He offers Sheila the ring, showing how complacent he is. Each of you helped to kill her. The Inspector (Act 3) The Inspector sums up, showing that the morally neglectful actions of the upper class family have condemned a working class girl to her death. Nobody in the family is without blame.

and Gerald. Their denial is destroyed . She wants them to acknowledge that they have behaved appallingly. He is not willing to bury his head in the sand and pretend he has done nothing wrong. That was the police. must face the reality of their actions. Sheila (Act 3) Sheila is bitter about her family s reaction. A girl has just died on her way to the infirmary. The Inspector (Act 3) Goole stresses that it is not enough just to keep to a set of accepted manners. We are responsible for each other.Look Inspector. Eric (Act 3) The theories of innocence that Geralnd and Birling are concocting do not take away the fact that Eric feels guilty for his actions. It shows Birling thinks he can solve everything with money. By Jingo! A fake! How do you know it s the same girl? The Birlings are so desperate to believe their own innocence that they are willing to believe a highly unlikely set of coincidences. We must all behave morally. I d give thousands Birling to the Inspector (Act 3) Birling wouldn t pay Eva Smith an extra two shillings and sixpence but now offers thousands. The offer is meaningless because it is not possible to save Eva now. Mr and Mrs Birling. That doesn t matter to me. This would have extra resonance before the Second World War we cannot stand by and let fascism murder millions. The twist in the tale. I suppose we re all nice people now. She is appalled that they think they have done nothing wrong simply because they think the girl is not dead. Look at the way he talked to me Birling (Act 3) Shows that Birling feels his social status entitles him to different treatment.

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