• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Inspecter Calls

Extracts from this document...


An Inspector Calls 'An Inspector Calls' is a detective thriller, play written by J.B Priestley. The play is set in 1912 but was first performed in 1945. These dates are important because in 1912 the Titanic was set to sea and it is mentioned in the play, by Mr Birling as 'unsinkable'. 'War' is also mentioned in the play, when Mr Birling claims that 'there will not be any war' but there ended up being two, the First World War was in 1916 after the play was written and the Second World War, which finished around the time when the play was first performed. I think that Priestley's moral issues are about people not being in a community, because at the beginning of the play Mr Birling keeps on repeating the same words 'Every one should take care of themselves' but at the end of the play the inspector twists the words around, saying we all need to look after each other and learn from our mistakes. I think that the inspector wants to show the Birlings that things (bad things) can happen to people because of what one small thing someone does, then someone else does something small and it all builds up to one huge mistake at the end, and if we were a community (looked out for each other) ...read more.


I think that this shows that the Inspector has more sympathy for Sheila and less for Mr Birling (he dislikes Mr Birling). The tone of voice would of created suspicion on the characters, I think that questions would have been going through their heads, such as why did the inspector suddenly speaking harshly to Mr Birling? or Why does the Inspector dislike Mr Birling? The Inspectors exit is very shocking and abrupt. This had maintained suspense and tension to the characters and the audience throughout Act 3. The first stage direction, '(he makes a move as if concluding the session, possibly shutting up notebook.' This shows that the Inspector is in control, he is in power 'shutting up notebook' He stares at the characters again but this time 'sardonically' (sarcastically). He is the one who is ending the session. The second stage direction 'But just remember this one Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . be taught in fire, blood and anguish. Good Night.' ...read more.


Sheila is using hyphens. She is making the audience ponder the true identity of the Inspector; she introduces the next part of the play. The stage direction 'well I must say his manners was quiet extraordinary, so - so rude - and assertive -' this was said by Mrs. Birling, there were a few pauses to show she is thinking, which causes suspense. It shows that Mrs. Birling has also started to doubt the Inspector, if he is a real Inspector. When the doorbell rings the Birlings were all shook wondering who it was 'as he hesitates there is a ring at the front door. They look at each other in alarm' This stage direction creates a lot of shock and mystery to the characters and audience. The door bell interrupts Mr Birling in the middle of a sentence again. Another interruption is the telephone at the end of the play when Mr Birling is making his speech about the children not knowing how to take a joke 'Now look at the pair of them - the famous younger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . dumbfounded the curtains fall.' The ending creates shock and tension throughout the last sentences in many ways. This is also the final twist Mr Birling is very confident at the phone but then the ending is left a cliffhanger, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats. Maryam Chaudhery 10W Ms Spencer 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. The Trouble with the Birlings and Gerald Croft is they Confuse Respectability with Morality ...

    However it all seems to be a lie which even the Birlings have started to believe. It is apparent from the very beginning of the play that their family charade is not so perfect, and it only takes one man bringing bad news of one event for the cracks to become visible.

  2. An Inspector Calls Essay

    He is shown a photo of her and then remembers her, but the Inspector is careful not to show anyone else the photo at the same time. This shows that when he is questioning one person he doesn't want anyone else to get involved and just wants to get to the bottom of that person's answers.

  1. In the silence of the night

    and slipped it in his pocket "We need to head straight to the police about this! This may be dangerous!" I stood up with my dad, and followed him without saying a word, he went to the car and I followed, and as he started the engine and pulled out

  2. An Inspecter Calls Coursework

    To that I say - fiddlesticks!", but the audience know there will be a war (as it has already happened at the time the play will be shown). This makes Birling seem naive & overconfident in the technology -

  1. An inspector Calls

    This way the lesson is for them to reconsider there actions. Priestley's main concern were the way rich people used there power to commit evil. This play was an example of reality, it showed the kind of things that used to happen so Priestly wanted to show it to other people.

  2. The role of the Inspector in 'An Inspector Calls.'

    They speak to each other in a fairly relaxed manner, despite the attempts from Mrs. Birling to enforce a more formal atmosphere by correcting her family whenever they make minor errors in table manners. The champagne shows that family are joined to celebrate.

  1. An Inspector Calls Coursework

    She constantly teases, flirts and jokes with Gerald: 'Go on Gerald- just you object!' This also reinforces the stage description given at the start of the play. When Sheila first hears that her father sacked Eva, she gets rather distressed about it.

  2. What is the function of the Inspector?

    Birling's character is disliked. In the scene of the engagement there is a great sense of unease. Mr. Birling insists on making an insanely, inappropriately long speech regarding capitalism to 'celebrate' his daughter's engagement. He puts forward his belief that 'there isn't a chance of war'.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work