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

An Inspector calls.

Extracts from this document...


An Inspector calls Priestly has set this play called "An inspector calls" in 1912 maybe because there was not only the opportunity for predictions, but also for a more drastic look at the relationship between the rich and the poor. The class gap of 1912 was much larger then that of 1945 and so was more noticeable to the audiences, even though he wrote it in 1945, he has used his own experience to write a famous novel which has be forwarded as a West end musical and Movie form, The play is set after the second world war, around the time when titanic sinks, we also learn that rich and poor were divided into different classes back in those time as Priestly shows, They were different worlds, which hardly ever met. 8 million poor people had to live on 25 shillings a week, which is roughly �1.25 not a lot. They were under housed under fed and under the thumb. Working women were at the top of the pile. They had little education, no sanitation, no dull and no NHS. The women of the higher working class relied on marrying the right man. Poor people had to live their lives struggling until they were sent to workhouses, until they died because they had no pensions. I think that the messages of the play was particularly effective to the audiences of 1946. ...read more.


When the inspector arrives they are celebrating Shielas engagement to Gerald croft business associate, Mr Birling's rival. The arrival of the inspector is unexpected and the reason for Shiela and Gerald splitting up owing to the fact that it came out into the open about Gerald's affair with Eva. Shiela was the only person to seem bothered by what the inspector had to say while Eric just accepted his responsibility. Mr Arthur Birling, Mrs Birling and Gerald refused to admit to any involvement to Evas death so much so in fact that when the inspector left Mr Birling got Gerald to phone the police station to see if there is an inspector Goole and also the infirmary to see if there is a victim of suicide there who died by way of drinking strong disinfectant. When the family find out there's no inspector Goole and no suicide victim they come to the conclusion that this must have been a trick of some sort and they breathe a sigh of relief and carry on celebrating not picking up on the message that they had done something wrong in the long run and not learning the lesson meant for them. But when they get a phone call saying that a woman has just turned up at the infirmary dead after drinking some strong disinfectant and that an inspector is on his way. This stops the family celebrating of course and that's when the family really understand what they have done. ...read more.


"The time will soon come when, if men if men will not learn that lesson then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." And so as the quotation says if people don't start pulling together and working as a team in society without the racism and different classes then they will have no chance to win in world war one and even after the war things were still bad considering all the segregation Britain faces and may lead on to more wars and worse conditions to live in. the inspector saying this is acting as Priestley's mouthpiece and he is being Priestleys dramatic device. The inspector has a lot of ways to deal with his suspects that another inspector wouldn't use to get answers. The inspector seems to want the whole world to be equal, without segregation, which I agree with. The play sends the message, to be aware of what you say because of the consequences it may bring. It is still an important message to send to an audience of the 21st century, more and more people seem to help each other in life meaning child-line and services of all ages and animals too. Priestley has wrote this play to send out a message and he has used the inspector efficiently using him as his mouthpiece, and the voice of social conscience and a nemesis figure: the inspector tries to tell people that you can't hide what you have done, however little it may seem because there are always consequences which are not always good. English coursework "An Inspector calls" Leah Usher ...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 J.B. Priestley 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 J.B. Priestley essays

  1. J.B Priestley's use of language, character, and setting for dramatic effect in 'An Inspector ...

    in ore by the way that the whole truth has come out, without any ends being left untied. By the end of the play there have been visible divisions within each member of the family, for example, Sheila and Gerald won't be the same again by the way that Gerald's little secret has come out in front of his fiancée.

  2. Discussthe role of the Inspector in the play 'An Inspector Calls'

    Also, it shows how much tension has built up throughout the play and how thankful he is that his knighthood is longer at risk. He smiles, showing his happiness and contentment. Gerald and Mrs Birling also smile at this point, their relief also coming through strongly.

  1. How does Priestley use the Inspector as a dramatic device in "An Inspector Calls", ...

    needed to conceal his involvement with the girl from a jealous fianc�; Mrs. Birling is too cold ever to 'have known what [the girl] was feeling' and her effect seems lost on her; and Eric had resorted to theft, which he too needed to hide.

  2. An Inspector Calls- Explore Priestley's dramatic methods in the opening scene of the play ...

    lower wages', this shows Mr Birling as the typical factory owner who is only bothered about the money he makes and not about his workers, this also helps us to see how Mr Birling is seeing the engagement as a great business opportunity.

  1. An Inspector Calls coursework

    Sheila tries to control the situation by trying to get her mother to stop but her mother is not prepared to listen. After the Inspector says he will wait for some time to do his duty of finding the father of Eva's child it clicks with Mrs.

  2. Explore the ways in which Priestley's instructions for staging add to the audience's understanding ...

    At first the play convinces the audience that they are safely within the limits of what is real and normal, and then in the end the feeling of reality is shattered and the family move into an unreal, mysterious situation.

  1. english coursework - an inspector calls - eric.doc

    Eric was not in the room as this conversation was going on, but once Mrs. Birling realised Eric was the father, he entered and said, "You know, don't you.". This entrance was important because it confirmed to everyone that Eric was actually the person involoved.

  2. Explore Priestley's Dramatic methods in Act 1 of 'An Inspector Calls' and explain how ...

    This is of course important because it is the reason he fired Eva- because she wanted a raise. He also talks about all the 'silly talk around these days' and that 'the Germans don't want war' because there's 'everything to loose and nothing to gain' This of course is preposterous and shows how much Mr.

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