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GCSE English Post 1914 Drama Coursework An Inspector Calls John Boynton Priestley whom was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, wrote the play "An inspector calls". This play was written in 1944/5 when Priestley set about writing 'at top speed, finishing it in a week'. The time when he wrote this play it was a time of war (the Second World War) there where no London theatres available so Priestley sent his script to Moscow where it was produced in 1945 and in the following year it came out in London. Priestley has created a character with great thought, Inspector Goole seems to be all the different possibilities a character can be in one, he is someone you cannot figure out, whom you see as to be a realistic straightforward police inspector and at the same time a hoaxer, what did Priestley exactly intend this character to be, we still do not knew. The play is set in 1912 when people were extremely complacent, they did not believe they had any problems that needed to be solved. But through Priestley's play, he shows the audience that there is a problem..."class war'...the rich have it all and the poor have nothing. Also in 1929 there was a stock market crash which Priestley could have been referring back to in his play, as Birling believes nothing bad will happened in his business when in fact all business corrupt years after. Priestley is painting an image of what the people were like to show them where they went wrong so they cannot repeat there mistakes twice. He wrote the play to warn people to get themselves to treat people in lower classes better or else they would soon erupt and up rise. ...read more.


and also questions the way Birling thinks 'why?' is the Inspectors response when Birling tells his refusal of increasing the 'labour costs'. The conversation between the two men does seem to be quite on a high pitched tone, they seem to both want to win the verbal argument Birling got them into. After asking 'Why?' Birling questions the Inspector of what he said, and without hesitation the Inspector repeats himself broadly, and keeps hold his fight going 'I'm sorry. But you asked me a question' 'And you asked me a question before that, a quite unnecessary question too' 'It's my duty to ask questions'. The inspector answers back with his 'but' and Birling does seem to notice the 'unnecessary' questioning that is getting throwed at him, yet the Inspector replies saying it is his 'duty to ask questions' but is that all he is doing, it seems like he is judging the responses to the answer of the questions he asks, is not that taking on many roles, trying to do everyone's job in one figure, is that what you really call an 'inspector'? It is not really the inspectors business about how Birling decides to run his company, but I believe Priestly is trying to get the audience to see that there mistakes can only be seen by others or when they are brought to there mind, but Birling will not drag into the Inspectors talk, but remains believing he is not in the wrong. Furthermore, the Inspector does seem to hide the picture he has of the young 'dead' women, he does it in an extremely sly manner, he only brings out the girls photograph when he things it is needed and only shows the character he thinks it is necessary to set eyes upon it. ...read more.


The inspector does say to Shelia 'you might be said to have been jealous of her', using all his verbal power to integrate her, he knows the answer but wants her Shelia accepts her responsibility, unlike her father. Shelia is honest to herself and to the Inspector, does not argue her case, no 'buts' or 'what ifs', ashamed of herself she takes her part of the responsibility and carries it along with her for the rest of the play, not ever once backing her wrong. She also tells us she has learnt something from all of it, which comes back to what I assume Priestley wanted people to think like at that time. We must also talk about the attitude being using throughout the play. In conclusion, I have looked into the way Inspector Goole talked and related to all the characters, and have looked into a few of them in great detail. We can see that Birling has totally refused the idea of taking any responsibility over Eva Smiths suicide, whereas Shelia takes hold of hers straight away, on the other hand, Eric fights for her rights, using his own conscience and not society, in which his father did. I believe Inspector Goole could have been anyone from a typical friend of Eva Smiths to a real Judge, or, to what his name means, a ghostly character whom knows what is going to happen, or what has happened before anyone else. Yet this answer, can never be answered, with the true real answer that Priestley had in mind for this character, we can only wonder, and let our minds decide, who Inspector Goole really was? ?? ?? ?? ?? 10.5 1 ...read more.

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