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An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls By J.B Priestly Introduction Inspector Goole acts as a conscience for all members of the Birling family. His role is to teach the Birlings that every action has its consequences and that thinking about only yourself, without taking anyone else into consideration could result in dramatic consequences, putting the family in a position that they'd rather not be in. Priestly's main concerns that he put across in the play were that people didn't realise that each uncaring action and or statement is backed up with ensuing consequences. Priestley's main point is that people must learn to feel a sense of personal responsibility, not just for their own actions, but also for the way their actions affect others. Whether they like it or not. The play actually goes further than this, though, by pointing out that we all have such responsibilities forced upon us: we do not have any choice about this; it is a duty which we cannot shirk. An Inspector Calls shows how the family each help to destroy a young woman's life - Eva Smith through their selfish and callous attitudes which results in her death. ...read more.


'Whodunit' is also a description of it's genre by many readers. Mr Birling is constantly making confident predictions on such events as the Second World War and the Titanic. "You'll hear some people say that war is inevitable. And to that I say - Fiddlesticks!" As the audience knows, everything Mr Birling was so confidently stating turned out to be incorrect and war did break out. "A friend of mine went over this new liner last week - The Titanic - she sails next week - forty six thousand eight hundred tons - forty six thousand eight hundred tons - New York in five days - and every luxury - and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable." Again, Birling made another confident statement. As the audience knows, The Titanic famously sank on her maiden voyage. All these false predictions create dramatic irony, leaving the audience with more knowledge than the characters in the play. During the celebrations at the beginning of the play, the lighting could be pink and intimate, that is until the inspector arrives. At this point it should turn brighter and harder around most of the stage, apart from the inspector. ...read more.


The introduction of the inspector is the first sign that something is wrong, and the play beings to unfold after this event. At the end of each of the three acts is a climax. With every climax the girl's relationship to the family becomes clearer. The first climax at the and of act one shows Gerald's confession of an affair with Eva Smith and thus the betrayal of his fianc�e Sheila. This puts the first suspect into the audiences head, pushing them to read on, trying to find out more about the families involvement in Eva's death. Conclusion The audience's interest is sustained not only by the progressive revelations but by their desire to find out who, ultimately, was responsible for driving Eva Smith to her suicide. Using his skilful use of climaxes within the carefully controlled plot and enduring that the audience are left on tenterhooks by each conclusion of every act, Priestly manages to heighten the audience's suspense throughout the play. I think the message JB Priestly is trying to get across in this play is about the responsibility of people, who separately inflict on another person offences, the sum of which drives that person to suicide. A theme that always applies. ...read more.

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