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An Inspector Calls The time of 1912 could most defiantly be described as controversial, there was the big issue of class, people were expected to know their place in society and stick to it and moving from one section of the class system to another was frowned upon by those in power. Mr Birling along with many of the other factory owners believed that because he was a higher class he could make the decisions for everyone under his power. These workers had no rights, just as women didn't either. It was through these dramatic ironies that J.B Priestly wanted to jump out of his box and scream out that people couldn't survive by being selfish and that community was the way forward. It's been argued that inspector was just a mouthpiece for Priestly to talk through as Priestly was a socialist and believed that 'we are all members of one body.' An Inspector Calls is a play with a clear moral and a political message, which Priestly wants the audience to accept or at least think about. ...read more.


The inspector is extremely commanding in his speech and in his personal presence, he has a solid, larger than life presence. On his entrance he creates an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. I think a large role of the inspector was to try and mould the Birlings Morals into the right places, also making the audience think about how thoughtless, little things can affect another person's future. The inspector wants to make the Birlings feel guilty and remorse about the part they played in Eva Smiths death. He succeeds with the Birling 'children', Sheila and Eric but the others showed no remorse and have not learnt their lesson. By making Eva Smith out to be a 'very pretty' and vulnerable girl the audience start to crate a sympathetic bond for Eva. The inspector carries on and makes the Birling feel worse ad appear more heartless than they already are by saying ' I think it would do us all a bit of good if sometimes we tried to put ourselves in the places of these young women counting their pennies in their dingy back bedrooms.' ...read more.


In my personal view the inspector entered the play just after everyone had come together after the Second World War as part of a conscience, mainly for Eric and Sheila to learn from their irresponsibiloities, Eric's irrisposible behaviour was his drunkenness and letting himself get that far out of control. Sheila being in a 'furious temper' demanded to have a girl sacked without thinking of how that could change her life. If it was for Eric and his drunken behaviour then Eva wouldn't have found the need to go to the Woman's charity for help and if Mrs Birling hadn't been so stubborn then the organisation could have helped Eva. The ispectorsnfinal speech is the key point in the play. Priestly grabs the audiences attention by 'but just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone, but there are millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us'. Priestly uses adjectives and repetition to to give a little more depth and add emphasis on his very last speech. He uses...'their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering'...which is like what we think say and do. The inspector entered on a happy occasion in the Birling house but leaves the family in devestation. ...read more.

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