The Ending of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Essay

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The Ending of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls 'An Inspector calls' is a 19th century play written by J.B Preistly. It is set in the early 1900s and focuses around a well-off family. They are celebrating the engagement of Mr. Birling's daughter, Sheila, to Gerald her fiancé, when they are interrupted by an Inspector Goole, who claims to be investigating the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. Every character has their part to play in the death of the girl. Eva Smith used to work in Mr. Birling's Factory, but he fired her after she went on strike over pay. After she left the factory, Eva Smith got a job at Milwards, a large department store, where Sheila persuaded the Manager to fire…show more content…
Proof positive. The wholes story's just a lot of moonshine. Nothing but an elaborate sell!" "Well here's to us. Come on, Sheila, don't look like that. All over now." He has learned nothing form the experience - to him the plight of Eva Smith is nothing more than an inconvenience or an embarrassment that has now been removed. To him, now that she is no longer a threat to the stability of his family and his business, she no longer matters. On the other hand, Sheila and Eric have been greatly affected by what has happened, they are not only shocked and worried about the inspector's message but they also feel sympathy and compassion for Eva. Sheila in particular has completely changed her attitude, at the beginning of the play she was confident, strong willed and interested in money, as demonstrated by her excitement over the expensive ring that Gerald gives her. When she finds out that she is in part to blame for the death of Eva she is really upset and at the end of the play she has definitely learned something, and doesn't care that the inspector was not real - for her the message is still clear, and she has realized her responsibility to help people like Eva smith. She is surprised that her father doesn't feel the same: "I tell you - whoever that Inspector was, it was anything but a joke.
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