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An Inspector calls.

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The play begins with the Birling family sitting around the dining room table and enjoying a meal together. The impression that the Birling family gives to the audience is one of a wealthy and happy family. Mr. Birling is sat at the top of the table and this shows that he is the head of the family, everyone seems relaxed and in high spirits, there is no tension or unease. The family's wealth is shown by the fact that they have maids and a cook. When Mr.Birling says ' Well, well-this is very nice. Very nice. Good dinner too, Sybil. Tell cook from me,' Sybil replies 'Arthur, you're not supposed to say such things,' this is the first apparent sign of snobbery in the play so far. The family is having the special meal to celebrate Sheila Birling and Gerald Crofts' engagement to be married. They appear to be a loving couple with no problems in their relationship. ...read more.


The audience would know that the Titanic had sank and that the Second World War took place, this is why the comments that Arthur made were very ironic and shows that he is narrow minded and has a very bad sense of judgment. The arrival of the inspector is a key moment in the play as it helps the audience learn more about the attitudes and personalities of each of the characters. Inspector Goole disturbs the mood of the dinner party and the atmosphere in the room changes from relaxed to uneasy and nervous. The family appears to look down on the inspector because he is a police officer, but their respectability gradually begins to evaporate as their secrets unfold. Mr. Birling informs inspector Goole of his acquaintance with the local constabulary, 'I was an alderman for years - and lord mayor two years ago - and I am still on the bench - so I know the Brumley police officers pretty well,' but this does not intimidate the inspector in the least. ...read more.


Even after being told that he had helped to kill a young girl, he showed few signs of remorse or guilt and seemed to blame the girl for her own circumstances. An Inspector calls was written as a morality play disguised as a detective thriller. The inspector gives a short speech before he leaves and tries to make them think of what they had done to this poor innocent girl and that how each and every one of them drove her to her own suicide. Priestly uses this speech and the play to display his and many others political views of the times, the inspector says, 'if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire blood and anguish,' this is inspector Goole's way of saying if you do not learn your lesson and change your ways then you will go to hell. J.B Priestly succeeds in conveying his message to the audience, which is that not all people are as innocent as they seem and a respectable front can be very deceptive. ...read more.

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