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An Inspector Calls "One of the aims of J.B Priestly is to teach us something about society. By examining particular incidents in the play, what lessons can we learn from it?" In your answer you should comment on: * The social, * Political and * Cultural significance of the play. * The role of women * And J.B Priestley's style of writing. An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is a play written in 1945 by J.B Priestley. Priestley was born on 13th September 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire. An Inspector Calls was written within a week of world war two ending in 1945. The play id set in 1912 in the dining room of the Birling family's houses in Bromley, an industrialized city in the North Midlands. All three acts which are continuous takes place in the dining room of the Birling family's home. This play is about a mysterious Inspector called inspector Goole, who unexpectedly arrives at the house of the Birling with news of death. Mr Arthur Birling, Mrs Sybil Birling, Miss Sheila Birling, Mr Eric Birling and Mr Gerald Croft were all the Characters in the house at the time excluding Edna a servant; who had not played a big part in the play. A young woman called Eva smith had committed suicide. Each of the characters denied any participation or involvement of any sort in connection to the death of Eva smith. However the inspector omniscience drives them all to confession. ...read more.


Furthermore Mr Birling was one of the five characters to bring Eva smith closer and closer to her breaking point and ultimately into her grave. He done his by sacking her from her job, because she and other workers had lead the workforce to a strike this was dye to her and the other members of staff deciding that they wanted an increase in their wages. During the Victorian era, workers were beginning to let it be known that they wanted to be given a part or role in the decision, in which was going to affect them. Through organised strikes and formation of trade union which pinpointed their actions they hoped to get their point across. When the inspector asked Mr Birling why he had done so, Mr Birling replied in a amazed manner, "Did you just say 'why'?" he responded in that way because it was not the norm for those in charge on factories in this case Mr. Birling, for they believed and expected to have complete control and power over all aspects of their employees lives. Mr Birling being of a higher rank/class to the workers believed that he new best just like all the other bosses at that time and there fore made decisions for masses of workers and the company. Mr Birling didn't even bother to give Eva smith a chance for her to explain herself before sacking her, and so Mr Birling helped to push her one step closes to the break of suicide. ...read more.


Women of the lower class were expected to work for a living this is because it was the only way they could have a steady income and means of obtaining money moderately, in order to support themselves. The middle classed women like Mrs Birling were not permitted to work, but they only did charitable work. This was seen as tolerable as it was a caring role that fitted with the Edwardian idealist view, of woman. It was extremely hard for Women like Eva smith to become successful on a mainly male dominated society. Many men like Arthur and Gerald are the Predators on tope of the class system whilst Women like Eva are the powerless and weak prey at the very bottom of this class structure. In my opinion" An Inspector Calls" is a well made play with interesting points on moral issues. The inspector seems to know what each character has done, and his probing question forces them to confess in their own way. Through out the play the inspector demonstrates how people are responsible for their actions and how it has an impact on others around you. His vies are once again summed up in the final speech "we are members of one body. We are responsible for each other". The play has strong moral lessons in addition the writer keeps his audience in suspense at the end of each scene this is done by the use of dramatic techniques such as a dramatic situation, strange and unusual names, and dramatic irony. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emmanuel Osei Owusu-Boateng 11L 2nd December 2008 An inspector Calls - J.B Priestly ...read more.

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