in English Literature, Essay Technique

Here’s a quick article to help you with the character revision in An Inspector Calls! If you’re revising for a GCSE exam, most of the questions are based on characters and/or themes so make sure you understand those in detail!

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This course includes:

SUMMARY

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

THEMES

KEY QUOTES

ATTITUDES

CONTEXTS

EXAMPLE HIGH-GRADE ESSAYS

MARK SCHEME BREAKDOWN

AND MORE!

Thanks for reading…. here are the characters:


MR / ARTHUR BIRLING 

  • Heavy looking
  • “Portentous”
  • Fairly easy manners
  • Middle fifties
  • Middle class 
  • “Provincial in speech” – he sounds like he’s from the country, trying to be posh and rich but his accent shows he isn’t from a rich background
  • Work obsessed / selfish 

MRS / SYBIL BIRLING 

  • About fifty 
  • Cold 
  • Her husband’s social superior – upper class 

SHEILA 

  • Early twenties 
  • Pretty 
  • Pleased with life 
  • Rather excited 

GERALD 

  • Gerald – another businessman, much younger than Mr Birling – engaged to Sheila
  • Attractive 
  • About thirty 
  • Easy well-bred young-man-about-town 

ERIC

  • Middle twenties 
  • Not quite at ease 
  • Half shy 
  • Half assertive (confident / pushy / makes decisions / forceful) 
  • Alcoholic

THE INSPECTOR

  • Strong moral compass
  • In his fifties
  • Plain darkish suit
  • Impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness
  • The lighting changes from ‘pink and intimate’ to ‘brighter and harder’ once he arrives

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