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‘An Inspector Calls’ is a cleaver blend of the detective thriller and the morality play. Explore how Priestly uses these two stylistic models to convey his message and entertain his audience.

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'An Inspector Calls' is a cleaver blend of the detective thriller and the morality play. Explore how Priestly uses these two stylistic models to convey his message and entertain his audience. 'An Inspector Calls' is a play that can be viewed on two levels. To start off with, we are faced with a typical detective thriller in that a crime has been committed and the law represented by the Inspector finds out the villains. It has the main body of a detective thriller with suspense, climaxes and anticipation. As the play unfolds it shows the concept of a morality play. It is more a social morality play, then a religious one. There's a message be hides the play, that everyone is responsible for each other - collective responsibility. That no matter how small our actions seems to be, there will always be consequences for others. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other' exactly the opposite to what we are told to believe by Mr Birling, that everybody should look after themselves. Priestley conveyed his message well, showing us how the situation can be changed and who to depend on to change it. Although each member of the Birling family and Gerald Croft have had contact with Eva Smith/Daisy Renton during the previous two years, none of them is aware of the others' connection in the tragedy until the day of the inspector's visit. ...read more.

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She then became his mistress and they were together for the whole summer of 1911. He finished with her and cast her aside because of his relationship with Sheila Birling. Although he was probably fond of Daisy, there was never going to be any future in the relationship because of the class differences. Gerald was the son of Lord and Lady Croft and would be expected to marry someone of similar social standing. This was more important in the early 1900's. Even Arthur Birling feels socially inferior and boasts about a possible knighthood to increase his own importance. Being rejected by Gerald was probably more hurtful to Daisy than the dismissals inflicted on her by Arthur and Sheila Birling because there were strong emotions involved. Daisy was in love with Gerald and being thrown out by him left her not only homeless but heartbroken. Also she had been cared for by Gerald and enjoyed quite a luxurious lifestyle. She therefore had more to lose than previously. The drain on her emotions would have left her with less fighting spirit so her future looked even bleaker. When then hear of the story from Mrs. Birling in which as a last resort, Eva turns to the Brumley Women's Charity Organisation for help. There Mrs. Birling refuses her help because she didn't like her attitude. She thinks Eva is lying about her situation and also Eva had started out on the wrong foot by trying to hide her real identity by calling herself 'Mrs. Birling'. ...read more.

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He thinks he will be knighted for his work as well which he tells Gerald at the start, which the audience know just, increases his ego of himself. He also commits the sin of Anger. We see from the meeting between the inspector and Mr.Birling that he has somewhat of anger from shouting at the inspector when the chances come. Shelia is the next to show the audience a deadly sin, that of envy. She commits this while shopping for clothes and she's how much better Eva Smith looks in the hat rather than her , and when she sees her laughing at her trying to put it on only leads to Shelia being jealous of Eva and has her dismissed from her job. Both Gerald and Eric are guilty of Lusting over Eva. Eric just wanted her , he didn't not care or love Eva. Gerald wasn't like that , he looked after her in her time of need and didn't mean to take advantage of her in the way that he did because deep down he his a real gentlemen , and tries to treat women in the right way and not as an object. The last person who commits a deadly sin is Mrs. Birling. She is very proud of herself , and when Eva uses her name for the help support this makes her prejudice against her and refuses to help her. ...read more.

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