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An Inspector Calls.

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Friday 17th October 2003 'An Inspector Calls' was written by J.B Priestly. It is set within an industrial town of Brumley. The play is a mystery drama which explores many kind of themes such as love, responsibility, lies and class and change. Responsibility is the main theme of the play. We see it occurring many times in the play. It shows that all of the characters, except Sheila and Eric, are irresponsible. They do not want to accept their responsibility for Eva Smith's death. An example of responsibility in the play is when Mr Birling says in Act One. "It's about time you learned to face a few responsibilities." (Act One). But he, himself and his factory do not accept responsibility for what happens after Eva leaves. He is a hypocrite. His wife, Mrs Birling also does not face responsibility. She denies any responsibility for Eva's death. She thinks that the father is to blame. She says in Act One. "... I blame the young man who was the father of the child." (Act Two). Ironically the father is her son, Eric. Another theme in the play is love. ...read more.


She becomes more inquisitive and starts asking questions. She is concerned about what is going on. She responds to the Inspector's questions with prompt answers. It is like the Inspector has some kind of influence on her. She changed from being a young girl into a more mature young woman. Priestley uses the Inspector to create lots of tension in the play. One example is towards the end of the evening, the Inspector told us that not only the young girl ended her life, but also her child. "...this girl was going to have a child." (Act two). This is a shock revelation. This throws the audience and family back and a lot of tension and suspense is built up by Priestley. Mr Birling and Sheila got worried that it could have been Gerald but the Inspector reassures them it is not him. "No, no. Nothing to do with him."(Act Two). This has created tension and curiosity in the family and audience about who the father of the child is. Another example is towards the end of the drama, Gerald finds out that the Inspector was a fake, the Birlings are relieved, but moments after, they receive a phone call from the police telling them that a girl has died in the infirmary and a police officer is on his way to ask questions. ...read more.


We the audience are waiting on tender hooks to see whether or not the individuals have any connection to Eva Smith. As the involvement of each member of the family is progressively established, the structure becomes that of a 'whodunnit', with the Inspector apparently slowly unravelling the history of the twenty-four years old young woman. The audience's interest is sustained not only by the progressive revelation, but their desire of who is responsible for driving the young working class woman to suicide. Ironically, when the Inspector leaves the Birling family to sort out their family problems, Sheila acts like a parent. She tells her parent about not facing their responsibility. Her reactions compared to Eric are the same. She accepts her responsibility so does Eric. It tells us that the younger generation are willing to accept their responsibility more than the older generation. The ideas of responsibility and changes have developed through Sheila's experiences. For example, we learn that when Sheila realises how much damage she has caused to Eva Smith, therefore she feels responsible and her attitudes and values changes. Through Sheila, we are able to learn the differences in the other characters and we sympathise with her and have hope for a better society through the younger generation of Sheila and Eric. By Fuaad Ceydaruus 11 GN ...read more.

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