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'An Inspector Calls': Act 2
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The ways in which a character changes and evolves throughout a story, often as a result of some conflict within the story.
Mrs Birling rejects Eva Smith's plea for charity because...
...she is proud. Mrs Birling is offended that someone of a low status steals her name.
This character worries his parents by being absent during Act 2. Early in the act he leaves the house and slams the door, then returns at the end to confess to the Inspector what he has done.
Eric takes responsibility for his actions.
This character defends his wife, claiming she was right to refuse Eva Smith charity for her 'damned impudence!' He is unusually quiet as the details of Mrs Birling's story come out because...
...Mr Birling worries it will ruin his chances of a knighthood.
This character leaves the house in Act 2 and slams the door, but...
...Eric returns to face the consequences of his actions.
This Inspector loses control of the investigation because...
...Mrs Birling barges in and refuses to leave. This means the final two confessions are out of order.
This character finally tells the truth, admitting to Mrs Birling that Eric drinks heavily, that Alderman (Councilman) Meggarty is known for groping young girls like Daisy Renton, and that he has had an affair with Daisy because he enjoyed the way she adored him. This shows that Gerald is...
a liar and a cheat, not the gentleman he appears to be.
This character is different from the 'playful' girl at the start of the play.
Sheila admits her family's guilt and pushes her mother to tell the truth.
Sheila rejects Gerald and acknowledges that they have always been 'strangers'. By doing this she admits that...
...her way of life has been based on lies.
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