STUDY GUIDE - PRIESTLEY’S AN INSPECTOR CALLS
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SUMMARY – AN INSPECTOR CALLS The mysterious INSPECTOR GOOLE arrives unannounced at the Birling’s household while the family is celebrating the engagement of SHIELA BIRLING and GERALD CROFT. The INSPECTOR subtly but with firmness interrogates each member of the family about EVE SMITH, alias DIASY RENTON, who according to the INSPECTOR had committed suicide by swallowing disinfectant a few hours earlier. By making use of EVA’s diary and her photo, the INSPECTOR is able to expose the guilt and remorse of those present. The INSPECTOR discovers that EVA was dismissed by ARTHUR BIRLING for inciting worker’s rights; denied financial aid by SYBIL BIRLING because she aspired to elevate beyond her social class; made pregnant by ERIC BIRLING when drunk; falsely accused by SHIELA BIRLING contributing to her dismissal; and abandoned as a mistress by GERALD CROSS the wealthy playboy. In the play, Priestley is educating the reader in how the rich Capitalist class was out of touch with the sufferings of the poor Socialist class. The AUTHOR – Evelyn Samuel Evelyn Samuel was born in South Africa, where she attained a BA degree in English, Speech and Drama at the University of Durban Westville, and later a Higher Education Diploma at the University of South Africa. She now lives in the UK, is a Qualified Teacher since 2006, and has Diplomas in ‘Writing Stories for Children’, ‘Travel Journalism’, and ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’. Her interests are cycling, travel, yoga, and experiencing new horizons.
- Publication Date
- Oct 19, 2020
- Education & Language
- All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
- By (author): Evelyn Samuel