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‘An Inspector Calls’ English Literature Coursework

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'An Inspector Calls' English Literature Coursework J.B Priestley wrote the play 'An Inspector Calls' in 1945 after the Second World War but the play was set before the First World War, in 1912. The play is about poor people getting their own back on the rich like the Birling family and tries to get across the point that every one should live in an equal society. J.B Priestley's text version of the play is much calmer than in the theatre production. The Birlings are all sat around the table having their celebration in a relaxed atmosphere. The theatre production on the other hand is the total opposite, a loud siren starts of the performance and three children are playing on the cobbled street. The Birling house is tall and is built to be high above the poverty stricken streets below, laughing and screeching can be heard from within. The first lines your really hear from the Birlings are when Mr Birling is in the middle of his speech to Gerald and ...read more.


It also ties her in with the poorer people; with out her posh clothes she is not part of the riches any more. I think this idea came from some of the things Sheila says, hinting that she is facing up to what has happened and not trying to hide it away, she is sorry but will never forget what happened. 'The point is, you don't seem to have learnt anything' 'I behaved badly too. I know I did. I'm ashamed of it' ' but you're forgetting one thing I still can't forget. Everything we said had happened, really happened'. The house rebuilds itself at he end to show that because the inspector was a fake and the Birlings' reputations are still in tacked, they will easily just go back to how they were. It doesn't matter that is could have happened, they have not learned their lesson and are just going to go back in their own little world. ...read more.


I no the point is that the modern audience does not relate the Birlings world, but they are rich and their house looked very small. It had only one visible room where most of the action was supposed to take place but you could not really see much of it. The way the inspector stood outside for the whole of the play confused me because you would usually invite somebody who you were planning to talk to into your house, but the inspector questions them out on the street in the rain. Even though the Birlings ending up sprawled on the pavement and the house falling down is suppose to represent their world collapsing around them, if I had not previously read the text version I would have just thought their house was falling down because of the thunderstorm. I also thought it spoiled the atmosphere when the inspector said stop and all the lights came up, though it was trying to make the audience part of the play, it took away the tension built up by the previous scene. ...read more.

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