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AN INSPECTOR CALLS is subject to payment of a royalty. It is fully protected No nonprofessional performance of the Play may be given without obtaining in. An inspector calls. This play was typed up by [email protected] to be used for the kindle and other ereader's for people who own a hard copy of an. An Inspector Calls. By J.B. Priestly An inspector enters and informs the family that a young woman has committed suicide. play- unlike her children. “Girls of.
Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Birling , she explains, had all begun confident until the Inspector began questioning them. 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. When Sheila again insists on staying, Gerald suggests that she only wants to see someone else go through the questioning. Batkin, Liza. Request one!
Public versus Private. Birling enters and reports that Eric has refused to go to bed as his father asked him, because the Inspector has requested that he stay. He asks the Inspector if this is true, and then encourages him to question the boy now, if he is going to at all.
The Inspector insists that Eric wait his turn. Birling in the arrogant blindness of her privileged position is blind to this implication. The Inspector coolly proceeds to ask Gerald when he first got to know Daisy Renton. His presumption of an acquaintance between Gerald and the girl surprises the Birling parents.
The Birling parents are continually taken aback by the actual behavior of their children and relations, and yet remain seemingly incapable of drawing lessons from it.
Gerald explains that he was going to leave the bar when he noticed a girl who appeared different from the rest. He continues his description of her as charmingly dressed, and notes that at the moment he noticed her she was being harassed by Old Joe Meggarty. Birling bristles at the idea that Gerald is speaking of Alderman Meggarty, whom she had always thought respectable, but Gerald and Sheila confirm that Meggarty is a renowned womanizer.
Again, Mr. Birling are proven to have been ignorant of the actual behavior of others in their "respectable" class, as they learn with great surprise about the universally known immoral behavior of an alderman they presumed to be respectable. Gerald goes on to describe his first meeting with Daisy Renton —he took her out of the bar to the County Hotel, where he asked her questions about herself.
Gerald realized a few nights later, when they met again, that she was completely impoverished, and offered her to live in a set of rooms that belonged to a friend of his who was away on a trip. He assures the Birlings that he did not put her there in order to sleep with her, and that the affair only came after. And this may even be true, but it also suggests he did not understand the level of influence he would have over her once he put her up.
Gerald apologizes to the Inspector , but Sheila insists that she rather more deserves the apology. The Inspector asks firsts whether the girl became his mistress and then whether he was in love with her. Gerald responds affirmatively to the first question and hesitatingly to the second.
Gerald was willing to have an affair with a poorer woman he did not love—he was in it for enjoyment. Also note how Gerald doesn't think to apologize to the woman to whom he is engaged.
Gerald reports that he broke off the affair in the first week of September, right before he was to go away for several weeks; she took it very well, and Gerald gave her a small parting gift of money to help her support herself for a while. Gerald comes off relatively cleanly.
Upset by the proceedings, Gerald excuses himself to walk outside and be alone for a bit. Sheila returns her engagement ring to him before he leaves. Birling tries to convince Sheila to be more reasonable, but Sheila replies that Gerald knows better than her father does what she means; Gerald concurs. The inspection has taken a serious toll on the family, now severing ties between the previously engaged Sheila and Gerald. Sheila's comment is interesting, as they are exactly the same people who sat down to dinner; now they just know more about each other.
Birling seeks to keep things comfortable and "reasonable" more than he does about his daughter's emotional well-being or pride.
Gerald, like Sheila before, is confident that the Inspector still has unforeseeable tricks up his sleeve. Morality and Legality. The Inspector shows the photograph to Mrs. Birling , who denies recognizing it. The Inspector accuses her of lying. Birling about his responsibilities. Sheila contributes her feeling that the Birlings no longer have a right to put on airs.
She then confronts her mother, insisting that she could tell by her expression that Mrs. Birling indeed recognized the photograph.
Birling, like Mr.
Birling earlier, refuses to admit she knows or recognizes the girl, even though Sheila can see that she does. The Inspector bluntly does not believe this, and his response to Mr. Birling suggests that Birling and his family have been enjoying the privileges of their public success while not recognizing their responsibilities. Sheila again tries to make her parents realize the lessons before their eyes: The front door slams, and there is some question about whether Gerald has returned or Eric has left.
The Inspector continues his interrogation of Mrs. He asks about a meeting of the interviewing committee a couple of weeks previous. The Inspector now focuses on Mrs. According to the Inspector, the girl initially called herself Mrs. Birling, which Mrs. Birling notes having found very impertinent. Based on her personal annoyance at the girl, Mrs. Birling denied her aid—an action similar, though more serious, to Sheila getting the girl fired.
The Inspector asks Mrs. Birling why the girl wanted help, and Mrs. She sees her role on the charity organization not as to help people but to wield influence in deciding who does and doesn't deserve aid. The Inspector states that he thinks she has done something very wrong that she will regret for the rest of her life.
The fact that the Inspector has withheld this piece of information until this point, however, makes it seem as though he has conducted the investigation specifically with the goal of creating suspense and increasing astonishment. Both Eric and Sheila continue to express growing sympathies with the lower class, while the Birling parents remain defensive of their use of power and influence and willingness to stand in judgment of the lower classes despite the fact that their own class has been revealed by the Inspector to be not as respectable as it first appeared.
She says possibly, but stands firm in refusing to accept any blame. Birling finally understands and asks the Inspector if her son is all mixed up in this. Birling has just said.
The Inspector holds his hand up as the front door sounds; everyone waits and looks towards the door; Eric enters pale and distressed.
The curtain falls slowly. Eric begins to laugh uncontrollably and rises from his chair. Birling tells the two of them to stop it. Eric is acting strangely, for reasons that we do not yet know but will become clearer as the play progresses.
The dynamic of the nuclear family is fairly standard: Eric and Sheila tease each other in typical sibling manner, and their mother attempts to put an end to their bickering. Birling rises to deliver the promised toast. Gerald seconds his desire for this prospect. It becomes clear that Mr. He is always looking to move further up in the world, and an "alliance" with the even more well-off Crofts will help him do that. They all raise their glasses, and Sheila drinks to Gerald.
Gerald rises and drinks to Sheila, and then brings out a ring.
Again, Mrs. She likes it because he likes it. Birling believes in the current status quo, which places him on top, and dismisses any change to that order as ridiculous.
Related Quotes with Explanations. Birling tells Gerald , in a confidential manner, that he recognizes that Mrs. 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. Gerald congratulates him. Birling demonstrates his preoccupation with his social status and class position, and assumes that others—such as the Crofts—are likewise preoccupied.
He considers his prospective knighthood to be very important for his advancement, both in his eyes and in the eyes of the Crofts. Eric re-enters the room, sits down and pours himself a glass of port. He reports, dismissively, that he has left his mother and sister talking about clothes.
Birling informs him that clothes mean more to women, because they function as a sign of self-respect. Birling reinforces a traditional gender stereotype that women care more about their appearance and clothing than men. Birling begins in again on his lecture. He concludes his speech with another glass of port. Edna enters and announces that a police inspector by the name of Goole has called on an important matter.
Birling instructs her to let him in, and jokes with Gerald that Eric has probably gotten himself into trouble. Eric appears uneasy at the suggestion. Birling demonstrates his familiarity with the local police officers as a sign of power. This is the sort of "soft" power—of connection and influence—that the rich display almost without knowing it.
Birling's unfamiliarity with Inspector Goole will also prove significant as the play progresses. 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.
She used more than one name, he says, but her real name was Eva Smith. Birling appears to recognize the name, and the Inspector informs him that she had been employed in his works. When Birling claims to know no more, the Inspector pulls out a picture to show him.
Birling's claim not to know the girl despite the fact that she worked for him is an attempt to insulate himself from her suicide, to assert to no connection to her or her death, almost to deny that he knew her as a human being. She was just a name on his payroll, he seems to be saying.
Blame and Responsibility. Gerald and Eric attempt to look at the photograph as well, but the Inspector does not allow them, preferring to work on only one line of inquiry at a time.
The Inspector's strict procedural protocol of only showing the picture to one person at a time will become very significant later in the play. With this piece of information, the Inspector explicitly asks Gerald to stay.
Birling is forced to admit that he does know and remember the girl, and that he took an active role in her firing. This is the first of many such attributions of guilt that will be made throughout the play. Birling seeks to overawe the Inspector by revealing Gerald's importance.
The Inspector's response that Gerald should stay suggests he too is somehow involved. The Inspector theorizes about the nature of responsibility: Then Birling describes Eva Smith as a lively, attractive girl, who was up for promotion, but who became the ring- leader of a group of girls who went on a strike for a raise—shillings per week instead of Eric sees that the "free" world that Birling sees is not so free, in actuality, for the poor.
That in some sense Birling's position is based on an illusory and self-serving view of the world. It's noteworthy that the older more successful Gerald takes Birling's side.
As Birling begins to feel more vulnerable, he increases the social pressure he brings against the Inspector. He seeks to use his connections to control or limit this investigation. Birling chastises Eric, then asks the Inspector what happened to the girl after he let her go.
Sheila enters the room; when her father tells her to run along, the Inspector holds her back for questioning. The investigation is beginning to introduce conflict into the family.
Birling seeks to shield her daughter from the investigation, for the simple reason that she's a woman. Birling alone. Up until this point, it has seemed as though the Inspector came for the sole purpose of interrogating Mr.
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.
He reminds the family that many young women are similarly suffering in their underpaid labor positions. Sheila objects that the working girls are people rather than cheap labor, and the Inspector agrees. He then continues to recount the tale of Eva Smith: When the Inspector says this last bit, he looks at Sheila, who now appears agitated. Sheila seems, like her brother and unlike the older members of the family , to be growing sympathetic with the laboring class.
Class Politics. Birling scolds the Inspector for upsetting his daughter and their celebratory evening. 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. 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.