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Inspector Calls Act 1
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What do we learn about Arthur Birling in the opening directions?
rather portentous man
fairly easy manners but rather provincial in speech
What do we learn about Sybil Birling in the opening directions?
rather cold women
her husband social superior
What do we learn about Sheila in the opening directions?
very pleased with life
What do we learn about Gerald Croft in the opening directions?
rather too manly to be dandy
very much the easy well bred man about town
What do we learn about Eric in the opening directions?
not quite at ease
half shy half assertive
How might the actors show that they are 'very pleased with themselves'?
Smile as if they have accomplished a grand act
What tone is set in the opening exchanges between the characters
A fake/constructed family atmosphere
every word and action is calculated
What does Sheila's engagement to Gerald mean to Arthur Birling
A business opportunity
a raise in social standards/opportunities
What is Birling's attitude to the future and the progress he foresees? What and why are we meant to think of this attitude?
Titanic will never sink
there will be no war
Representation of Capitalists
laughed at by the audience
How does the tone change once the men are alone?
What outlook on life had Birling learnt in the good hard school of experience
a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own
Why does the front door bell ring when it does?
Can be a representation of how the Inspector has the power to shut down Mr. Birling
Contrast between the Capitalists and communists
"mind his own business, look after his own"
"everybody has to look after everybody else"
Why does Eric react 'sharply' to Gerald and Birling's jokes?
sharp and short
seems sour to the both of them
jealous of Gerald and how he can take responsibility of his parent's business and their trust of him unlike his own father
What is the mood in the room before the Inspector arrives?
What should the inspectors appearance convey to the audience
not be a big man
but creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness
Why does Eric respond 'involuntarily' to the Inspectors news
How does Birling react to the reminder that he employed Eva Smith? How should he react to the photograph
Why does Birling start to 'move restlessly'
knows the inspector knows something and he tries to make himself the victim/better
How should Birling tell his story to the Inspector
How should Gerald, Eric and Inspector listen to Birling's story
Gerald will back mr birling up
eric is enraged
inspector coaxes the information out using his rage
What is the mood in the room when Sheila enters
tries to cover everything up, protect and shield her as she was a child
How does Sheila react to the Inspectors news
The other four exchange bewildered and perturbed glances (pg 18) How are each of Sheila, Eric, Birling and Gerald now feeling?
Confused as they thought that the small query is turning into something more
What are Sheila's and Inspector's attitudes to the situation in which Eva found herself after Arthur Birling sacked her
still a naive innocence, knows that she must feel awful to be polite so will to be the perfect lady
inspector grimly satisfied that he is correct
Why does Sheila react so violently to the photograph
she is piecing everything together and thinks that she may be blamed for something that she did out of spite and did not think of the consequences
What effect does the Inspector have upon Eric and Gerald while they were alone
How should Sheila tell her story to the Inspector
How does each of Eric, Gerald and Inspector react to Sheila's story
gerald = comforts her
Inspector = almost proud that Sheila has embraced that what she did was bad and how she now knows how everything has consequences, very blunt
How is Sheila affected by her realization
takes a stand for eva smith
realises she does not want to be like her mother
How will Gerald show he is startled by the name Daisy Renton
Repeat the name and then silence even when questioned
What is Sheila thinking thinking while she is staring at Gerald
what was he hiding
is he in the wrong as well
was it something that she did
What is the mood in the dining room as the Inspector enters?
transitions from an intimate pink lighting to a brighter and harder light
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