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A young girl dies and a whole family is apparently responsible The family are interrogated and one by one the mysterious Inspector Goole makes them admit to what they have done but Inspector Goole may not be all that he seems JB Priestly tells of this interesting sequence of events in his play An Inspector Calls He brings back to life the cruel Edwardian world in which children are brought up to spend their lives in factories a world in which people are born solely for the purpose of keeping business men rich In this essay I will discuss whether the play shows us a telling example of mans inhumanity to man The family which allegedly cause Eva to commit suicide are the Birling family They are a rich upper class family who are blind to the poverty of their employees There are five members of the Birling family Arthur Birling is the head of the family and owns a large factory He is very pleased with life in general but is blind to the troubles of the world around him Arthur is intent on bringing up his son Eric to follow in his footsteps but is having difficulty in doing this Eric is the youngest in the family who has not yet reached 20 Eric has a drinking problem which he is determined to hide from his parents Eric is finding it hard to live up to his fathers expectations Sheila is Erics brother and is engaged to an older man called Gerald Sheila is also very pleased with life and is very excitable At the start of the play Sheila is very selfish although she does feel for people less well of than herself As the play progresses she becomes less selfish in fact she and Eric are the only ones to feel sorry for what they have done Sorry Its just I cant help thinking about
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