Due: Wednesday 23rd September
Things are hotting up in the Birling household! After a ‘jolly old evening’ celebrating the engagement of Gerald Croft and Sheila Birling, an Inspector has turned the household into a tumultuous setting where characters are beginning to question their own involvement – their ‘responsibility’ in the death of a young woman, Eva Smith.
- Describe the setting (where it takes place) of the opening of the play. Why has JB Priestley decided to use the Birling’s home as a setting for the play?
- Choose one character, and decide how and why JB Priestley has portrayed (shown) them. What are their positive and negative points?
- Where has ‘responsibility‘ (blame in this case) been cast by Inspector Goole? Do you think the accusation is correct?
- Choose how one character responds to the accusations. Why do they react like this? Does this reaction show a different side to them, or confirm (prove) what we knew about them?
- Do you think the character(s) are ‘responsible’ (blameful) at this stage? Provide a reason for your answer.
Extension: Write a short reflection to Act 1, as if you were Eva Smith, in a Diary format. (See picture below)