An Inspector Calls – Conclusions

1.   Answer the question directly
2.   Summarise your own answer
3.   What does the audience learn

1.   Gerald’s belief that the inspector was not real is later shown to be false, but the brief period of relief shows the differing attitudes of the characters.

2.   From this scene, the audience sees the attitudes of the compassionate Sheila and Eric, and the callous elder Birlings and Gerald, to be completely opposite. This clash allows Priestley to show his message of social responsibility to the audience.

3.   Through the contrast in the characters, Priestley explains his beliefs in social responsibility, that we should care for one another, and be aware that our actions have consequences.

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