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An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls 'An inspector calls' is a book written by J.B Priestly before the First World War; his work contains controversial and politically charged messages. Priestly became very concerned about the problems of social inequality in Britain. When the book was written in the 1912's there were strong distinctions between the upper and low classes. As we read through the book we realise how much change has occurred after the First World War. Mr Birling is described as a 'heavy looking rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech'. When Priestly describes Mr Birling like this I jump to conclusions; he must be a very crude and ill mannered man. During Shelia's engagement party Mr Birling says. 'This is the happiest days of my life'. We all know the only reason Mr Birling is happy is because merger with Croft limited Co. will be good for his working business. He makes strong predictions about the war not happening and seems quite optimistic about it. However we all know the war is going to happen; when the audience know something the character doesn't this is called 'dramatic irony'. ...read more.


When the inspector refuses to show Eric and Gerald Eva Smiths photo, both of their tempers rises; Eric:" look here, I've had enough of this", at this point as an audience and I am sure the inspector we begin to doubt Eric and Gerald; if they have nothing to do with Eva Smiths death why are they so concerned to see the photo. When the inspector is showing the photo one at a time I seem to get the feeling he knows what he is doing. When interrogating the other characters like Mr Birling we seem to know that he does not know much about Eva Smith ( most of the time he tries to impress the inspector about his business). When the inspector claims that Eva Smiths other name was Daisy Renton, Gerald Crofts involuntary reaction reveals he knew her too. Mrs Birling is described "about 'fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband's social superior'. Mrs Birling is like a snob to me; she is very aware of differences between social classes and has the least respect for the inspector. ...read more.


Mrs Birling had to come to terms about his son and daughter, yet like her husband she refuses to believe she did anything wrong. In my opinion if I ever knew the Birling family I would have never thought any good of them, I would think they are selfish and stingy, however I was wrong when I was reading the book further on, Sheila and Eric are 2 of the characters that realised and were aware of their responsibility. Shelia is aware of her responsibilities. She becomes much wiser and sees her parents in a different light, she cannot understand how her parents could not have learnt from the night the way she did. As for Eric he is fully aware of his social responsibility, he isn't really concerned that his parents are trying to cover everything up , he think the important thing is that she is dead! At the end of the play I was really shocked when I found out that the inspector was a fake, but I wasn't that shocked as the inspectors name reminded me of a Ghost' Inspector Goole'. Priestly leaves us with questions and curiosity, is he a voice of our consciences. ...read more.

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