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Introduction An Inspector Calls was written in the 1940's by J.B.Priestly and was first produced in London on 1st October 1946 at the New Theatre. The play is set in the year 1912. In the play, he uses the characters to express his views about socialism and possibly about class divisions. At the beginning of the play, J.B. Priestley gives a very detailed amount of stage settings, lighting and character descriptions. For example "The general effect is substantial and heavily comfortable, but not cosy and home like". The extremely large table was the central point of the beginning. The size of the table showed that although the characters were a family, they were not close, not even to eat and celebrate with each other. The rich colours and costumes were excellent ways of showing the wealth of the characters. They were also portrayed very well to be pleased with themselves. Characters Arthur Birling is a heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech. Mrs.Birling plays the stubborn type who never accepts the truth; she is about fifty, a rather cold woman. ...read more.


He also uses the information he holds to create an impression of someone who is both an outsider and an omniscient (know it all), this makes him look powerful and mysterious. On the arrival of the inspector, he seems like a regular inspector, and the Birlings don't seem to act as if much is wrong. When the inspector addresses Mr Birling he is quite polite "thank you, sir". This suggests that he is a very manner able person. The inspector takes his job seriously "no, thank you. I'm on duty". This suggests that he is a very responsible, trustworthy and respectable person. Mr. Birling has a few jokes with the inspector, expecting he was just there because of trouble with a warrant "well, what can I do for you? Some trouble about a warrant?" The inspector replies "No, Mr Birling". At this point Mr.Birling is becoming impatient. "Well, what is it then?" Here the inspector gradually builds up tension; he then gives the idea that they are being questioned on the death of a young woman. "I'd like some information, if you don't mind, Mr Birling. ...read more.


"But surely... I mean... it's ridiculous." Mrs. Birling is finally starting to understand. Eric Birling The entrance of Eric on stage in Act 3is particularly dramatic when the inspector takes control as the relationship between Eric and Mr Birling becomes quite tense. "Stop! And be quiet for a moment and listen to me..." Eric and Mrs Birling are also creating a tension between themselves." Then- you killed her." Eric makes his mother feel very guilty about what she's done. "No-Eric -please - I dint know- I didn't understand-" Eric confessed to stealing money from the office. "I got it - from the office- ." Mr Birling thought that the best thing Eric should have done was to come to him for help. "Why didn't you come to me when you found yourself in this mess?" Eric reassures him that he's not the type of father you can turn to in times of trouble. "Because you're not the kind of father a chap could go to when he's in trouble - that's why." The inspector says that they can settle their disagreement when he's gone. "You'll be able to divide the responsibility between you when I've gone". Conclusion Overall, I think that there was a lot of dramatic tension the play. ...read more.

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