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“An Inspector Calls”

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"An Inspector Calls" was written by J.B priestly in 1945. The play was set in 1912. The play takes place in a big rich house. The play is about an inspector. His name is Inspector Goole, and he went to investigate about this girl that committed suicide. The girl drank some strong disinfectant and burned her insides out. The girls name is Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. The inspector starts his investigation by disturbing a family celebration. The family's name is the Birlings. They were celebrating the engagement of there daughter Sheila Birling who was getting married to a man named Gerald Croft. They were both rich and upper class family. In this essay I am going to write about the roles of the inspector. One of the roles of the inspector is to develop the plot. He does this by asking questions to the other characters in the play. The inspector shows us that every member of the Birling's including Gerald Croft are involved in different ways of the suicide of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. As the inspector asks question we learn a lot about her life. The Inspector shows us that Eva Smith/Daisy Renton was an employee of Mr. Birlings factory. One day Eva smith/Daisy Renton and four or five other workers asked Mr. Birling for a p pay rise. Mr. Birling refused to give them a pay rise. So Eva Smith/Daisy Renton and other workers leaded a strike. The strike did not last very long so Mr. ...read more.

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This speech also shows that she does not feel guilty of what she has done because she thinks she did the right thing. The Inspector shows us Sheila is guilty of what she has done. This is shown when she says. "I know I know it's the only time I ever done anything like that, and ill never, never do it again to some body else" This speech shows that Sheila is guilty of what she has done and she quickly admits what she did with out much questioning from the Inspector. This speech also shows that Sheila feels guilty of what she has done because she admits what she has done and she says she will never do it again. Sheila has also been changed by the Inspectors investigation. This is shown when they all find out that the inspector is not a real inspector and they all start celebrating and feel very relieved. They don't care what they did to this girl or the other members of the family as long as nobody finds out, and Sheila says "No because I remember what he said, how he looked, and what he made me feel. Fire and blood and anguish. And it frightens me the way you talk, and I cant listen to any more of it". This speech shows that she is still is feeling guilty although she found out the Inspector is not a real inspector. This shows she has changed and learnt some thing from the Inspectors investigation. ...read more.

Conclusion

If this was an ordinary inspector he would have respected them and would have not been very hard on them. This makes the inspector very different from other inspectors. This also makes him more mysterious and makes the play more interesting to watch. The fourth role of the inspector is to show us the main theme of the play. He shows this to us by the last speech he says to the Birlings. Which is. "But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smith and John Smith still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their sufferings and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish. Good night". This speech sums up the whole theme of the play which is social responsibilities and not only thinking about your self. J.B Priestly uses the inspector to develop the plot, make us understand the characters, make this play more interesting to watch and give us the main theme of the play. The inspector is like the heart of the play without him we would have not known anything. The message J.B Priestly is trying to give to us is that rich families are not all good they also make mistakes and they need to learn from it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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