An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
The play was written in 1945, but the play was set in 1912, before the
2nd World War when people talked confidently of the future, unaware of
the disasters to come.
Mr. Birling is very self-cantered, doesn't like to be proved wrong and
he thinks low-class people are not as good as him. Mr. Birling is very
competitive and if Sheila marries Gerald Croft the son of Mr.
Birling's competition, then he will not have to worry about losing
profit if Mr. Birling and Gerald Croft's father join sides. He wants
his daughter married to a high-class family because he doesn't want
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Birling refused, the inspector
asked why. It made Mr. Birling angry, also when Mr. Birling said,
"It is no concern of yours how I run my business."
The inspector disagreed which made Mr. Birling even more angry because
he doesn't like people disagreeing with him. The inspector thinks it
was wrong of Mr. Birling to fire Eva Smith because she asked for a pay
rise because she was underpayed. The inspector pays no attention to
Mr. Birling's threats and treats him no different to anyone else even
though Mr. Birling is a rich and powerful man. The inspector is more
polite to Sheila than he is to Mr. Birling because he is very
obnoxious and Sheila is more polite and helpful towards the inspector
than Mr. Birling. The inspector is more gentle towards Sheila because
she is upset getting Eva Smith fired from Milwards, whereas Mr.
Birling doesn't care about firing Eva Smith from his business. The
more questions the inspector asked, the more upset Sheila got because
when she got Eva Smith fired from Milwards, she didn't care, but now
that Eva Smith is dead, she feels really bad.
Sheila reacts angrily to Gerald when she finds out that he knew Eva
Smith and he lied to her about being busy for a full summer, when
really he was going to see Eva Smith, or as he knew her, Daisy Renton.
Sheila is shocked at Mrs. Birling didn't help Eva Smith when she
really needed it. She is angry with Eric because he stole money from
her father's business and Mr. Birling is extremely angry with Eric for
stealing money from him and getting Eva Smith pregnant, he doesn't
really care what his wife and daughter did to Eva Smith. He is just
concerned about Eric stealing his money. Mr. Birling tries to tell the
inspector that they didn't mean to do what they did but Sheila is
completely different because she thinks that all her family are...