Inspector Calls: Act One Summary Essay

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An Inspector Calls SummariesAct OneThe novel starts with the description of dining room, which is, describe to have the furniture and styles of the period. This shows that the Birlings had recently come into money. In Act 1, J. B. Priestly introduces each of the characters with their unique personalities to the audience. We get a feel of the characteristics of the cast. The scene starts with the characters celebrating the engagement of Sheila and Gerald. From the start, we can tell that this is an informal dinner. The ladies leave the dining room due to customs leaving the men to be lectured by Mr. Birling with his "knowledge" and opinions of the current economy. No sooner, the inspector arrives and tells them about the horrifying suicide of Eva Smith. The family is surprised why this has anything to do with them, but the inspector starts interrogating each of them.Firstly, the inspector only shows Mr Birling the photo of the girl. Mr Birling recognises her as a worker at his factory that was one of the strike leaders causing her to be sacked. After Sheila walks in on their conversation, she is also shown the photo (only her) and recognises Eva as a worker at Milwards who she had fired for no actual purpose. Then the inspector mentions that Eva Smith had changed her name to Daisy Renton and Gerald reacts to this comment. Obviously, this seems like suspicious behaviour so when everybody leaves the room, Sheila and Gerald has a mini fight about his relationship to Daisy Renton: the inspector overhears.Act TwoGerald, at first patronises Sheila to go to bed, but when she refuses, Gerald finally tells the inspector his relationship with Daisy Renton. Then Mrs Birling enters and was being socially gracious. The conversation proves that the young generation are willing to learn compared to the older people. Throughout the conversation, Sheila understands the officer, she knows that he knows. After Mrs Birling's snobbery, the inspector gets Gerald to confess.We find out that Gerald was at the Palace Bar just for a drink, he notices Daisy Renton being pushed by a friend of Mr Birling's. He decides to go and help. The audience now finds out that Daisy Renton had become a prostitute. He got her out of there and took her to the County Hotel where they talked and he found out more about her. He pitied her so he gave her money and a place to stay. Gerald assured everyone that at first he did not intend on her being his mistress but it had happened. However, after the summer, she had to move out and move on, so they broke up. Sheila...

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