An Inspector Calls – Notes

Notes from today’s class:

“I would give thousands…”
– characterisation – Birling – solves with wealth

“Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable…”
– repetition – complacent – metaphor

“You’re squiffy.”
– characterisation – setting – word choice

“We are members of one body. We are all responsible for each other.”
– characterisation – moral centre – message

“I suppose we’re all nice people now.”
– sarcasm – Sheila’s conscience – bitterness at her family

“That was the police. A girl has just died on the way to the infirmary.”
– twist in the tale – cliff-hanger – lays guilt at their feet

“Look at the way he talked to me.”
– word choice – characterisation – tone (indignant) – snob

“Everything’s alright now, Sheila.”
– characterisation – arrogant – complacent

“That doesn’t matter to me.”
– characterisation – tone – anger – conscience – repercussions/ consequences

“I wasn’t happy with the girl’s claim, so I used my influence…
– characterisation – snob – no conscience – callous – wealth – social status

“If you don’t come down hard on these people they’ll soon be asking for the earth.”
– characterisation – snobbery – complacency – status – callousness – wealth

“You’re not the kind of father a chap could go to when he’s in trouble.”
– characterisation – setting – sarcasm – word-choice – connotation

“Any respectable businessman would have done the same.”
– word choice – “respectable” – he means upper class – shows disdain for the workers

“If we are all responsible for everyone…”
– Callousness – Irresponsible – Self-interest

“I speak as a hard-headed businessman.”
– self-interest – wealth – one goal – can’t be influenced by emotion

“By jingo! A fake!”
– setting – characterisation – desperation – relief

“A socialist or a crank…”
– self-interest – wealth – one goal – can’t be influenced by emotion

“We really must stop these silly pretences.”
– characterisation – Sheila and Mrs B. – obstinacy of Mrs B – realism of Sheila

“She was intensely grateful…”
– characterisation – Gerald’s opportunism – status – class – he’s a cheat

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