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An Inspector Calls

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Introduction

An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is set in 1912, and was written in 1947. During these years between these dates, Britain was involved in two world wars, which turned the world upside down and disrupted the old orders forever. Already an established writer, playwright and broadcaster, particularly known for his moral-boosting wartime broadcasts, J.B priestly used his reputation to explore the clash of the old and new orders and the difference between the upper and the lower class. He drew attention to the complacency of Britain after the Industrial Revolution and before the World Wars, supported gathering socialists movement, which began to see the world as a place where all shares responsibility for all. This contrasted with the view that each person is only responsible for him or herself and their family. Priestly sort to warn his audiences of the threat posed by carrying on as before, putting too much faith in outdated values and institutions. The first audiences of 'An Inspector Calls' were receptive to new ideas, which could mend the misery and deprivation of a war-torn nation. This was a society hungry to find ways forward to a better future. The contrast between these views continues in the present-day British politics. In 1987, just three years after Priestly died, Margaret Thatcher who was Prime Minister at the time said, 'There is no such ...read more.

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Sheila is absent for quite a while in Act 1 as she has left the dining table with her mother to go to the drawing room to discuss other matters. Sheila then re-enters to ask her father why he has not joined her mother and her in the drawing room, only to find an Inspector has called. Sheila is very curious as to why the Inspector is there, her father tells her it is nothing then he tells her to run along, but the Inspector abruptly interrupts to ask Sheila to stay, she again asks why the inspector has called and he replies to tell her 'this afternoon a young woman drank some disinfectant, and died after several hours of agony, tonight in the Infirmary' Sheila then becomes quite sympathetic and question the inspector as to whether it was an accident the inspector replies that she wanted to end her life. Sheila then starts to learn more about the girl, Eva Smith and how and why her Father discharged her from his company when she was a strong character and a good worker. You then see the sympathetic side to Sheila develop and she even comments that she was happy that night, until she found out about the death of Eva Smith, Sheila then wants to know more about Eva Smith, she asks In a rather distressed manner 'What was she like, was she young?' ...read more.

Conclusion

for at least six months. Then he says it was over and done with last summer. The Gerald puts it to Sheila how they can keep this affair from the Inspector, Sheila laughs hysterically and says that the Inspector knows everything, there's nothing that can be kept from him. Act 2 opens to the Inspector asking Gerald a short but harsh question, well? Sheila then replies with a hysterical laugh, you see? What did I tell you? This shows that Sheila is right again about how inspector knows everything and nothing can be kept from him. Sheila's mother then returns, after Mr Birling has explained why the Inspector has called, and has returned to the dinner table to explain what really happened and her family really won't be much help at all, but Sheila quickly adds, No! mother please. Mrs Birling asks Sheila what is wrong, She then tells her mother how she thinks she is beginning her questions all wrong to the Inspector. Sheila then tells her mother how she may regret something she says, her mother is confused, but Sheila's reply. this shows how Sheila has been changed by the whole experience of the Inspector calling, she says "we all stated out so confident and pleased, until the inspector started to ask questions". Mrs Birling is proud of Sheila and in a way thanks the Inspector for the strong impact he has had on Sheila. Mrs Birling then tells Sheila to go to bed ...read more.

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