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After meeting her in a bar when he was drunk he has a drinking problemhe forced his way into her rooms, then later returned and continued their sexual relationship.
We are responsible for each other. Like her husband, she refuses to accept responsibility for the death of Eva Smith, and seems more concerned with maintaining the family's reputation, even going so far as to lie and deny that she recognizes the girl's picture.
The female Birlings do not seem to believe Eva knows her place, and Sybil describes her as "impertinent" rather than meek and grateful as she should be towards her social superiors.
An inspector calls summary act 1
The romantic idea of gentlemanly chivalry towards "fallen women" is also debunked as being based on male lust and sexual exploitation of the weak by the powerful. As the leader of a charitable organisation, she assumes a social and moral superiority over Inspector Goole, whose questioning style she frequently refers to as "impertinent" and "offensive". The success of the production since has led to a critical reappraisal of Priestley as a politically engaged playwright who offered a sustained critique of the hypocrisy of English society. He stole money from Mr Birling's office to provide money to Eva. He seems to be familiar with every detail of the case already, interrogating the family solely to reveal their guilt rather than to discover unknown information. However, the most evocative element of the set was the rain. Sheila Birling[ edit ] Sheila begins as a naive and self-centred young woman, but becomes the most sympathetic member of the Birling family over the course of the play, showing remorse for her part in Eva's downfall and encouraging her family to do the same. Birling toasts the happy couple, and Gerald presents Sheila with a ring which absolutely delights her. Goole then plays his final card, making Sybil lay the blame at the feet of the "drunken young man" who got Eva pregnant. Gerald gives Sheila her ring, and Sheila and Sybil leave the room to try on wedding clothes. Inspector Goole[ edit ] The mysterious "Inspector Goole" claims to have seen Eva Smith's dead body earlier that day, and to have been given "a duty" to investigate her death and the Birlings' involvement in it. Arthur and Sybil are horrified, and Sheila returns her engagement ring.
He admits to having met a woman by that name in the Palace Bar, whom he gave money and arranged to see again. The Birlings begin to suspect that they have been hoaxed.
The Inspector turns his attention to Mrs Sybil Birlingshe confesses that she also had contact with Eva, but Eva gave herself a different name to Mrs Birling.
The phone rings, and Arthur answers. Goole reveals that Gerald had installed Eva as his mistress, becoming "the most important person in her life", before abruptly cutting her off.
We then discover that Sheila Birling encountered Eva Smith at Milwards, where Sheila jealously insisted that she was dismissed. Goole then plays his final card, making Sybil lay the blame at the feet of the "drunken young man" who got Eva pregnant.
An inspector calls summary act 2
Mr Birling, Mrs Birling and Gerald congratulate themselves that it was all a hoax and they continue can continue as before. Gerald's revealed affair with Eva puts an end to the relationship, though Sheila commends him for his truthfulness and for his initial compassion towards the girl. Dominant, arrogant, self-centred, and morally blind, he is insistent throughout about his lack of responsibility for Eva's death; he fired her in order to quell dissent among his workforce and keep labour costs low, which he says is standard business practice. Gerald gives Sheila her ring, and Sheila and Sybil leave the room to try on wedding clothes. Arthur Birling has convened a dinner for the engagement of his daughter, Sheila, to her boyfriend, Gerald Croft. It is an Inspector, who refuses a drink from Birling. Where next? After Inspector Goole leaves, the family begin to suspect that he was not a genuine police inspector. Gerald promises to relay the news to his mother. After prompting from Goole, Sheila admits to recognising Eva too. The female Birlings do not seem to believe Eva knows her place, and Sybil describes her as "impertinent" rather than meek and grateful as she should be towards her social superiors.
Eric returns, and Arthur gives the two young men advice about professional life, saying that people ought to look out for themselves and their families, and not fall prey to socialist propaganda about the collective good. Gerald tells the Inspector he is going to leave for a walk.
The struggle between the embattled patriarch Arthur Birling and Inspector Goole has been interpreted by many critics as a symbolic confrontation between capitalism and socialism, and arguably demonstrates Priestley's socialist political criticism of the perceived-selfishness and moral hypocrisy of middle-class capitalist society.
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