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An Inspector Calls. This play 'An Inspector Calls,' was written by J.B Priestly in 1945. John Boynton Priestly was a socialist, he thought that whether or not we understood that we live in a community, we have responsibility to look after others and not see any difference between classes. To portray his thoughts he wrote "An Inspector Calls" so that we would understand there is no difference between the upper and lower class and that we share the community. At the time the play was written World War 2 had just finished and reconstruction was starting to take place in Britain. The play 'An Inspector Calls' was based around the time of 1912, when Britain was portrayed as a mighty empire. At the time when this play was set there was a big division between the rich and the poor. The rich had a life of luxury and a better upbringing, whereas the poor had to live in appalling conditions and fight for survival. This play portrays a vital message that we should all live in a world were we can help 'we are responsible for each other,' and this is shown by an inspector investigating the suicide of a lower class woman. At the beginning of Act one, J.B Priestly has situated the family around the table. Priestley uses this image to symbolize the family united around the table. This shows the dramatic contrast because at the beginning of the play the family is united but at the end of the play they are all divided in class. The Birling residence is described as a 'fairly large suburban house,' with 'good solid furniture,' creating the impression that the Birlings are middle-class family. ...read more.


The play has a quick pace as the inspector moves from interrogating each member of the Birling family quickly. The inspector therefore creates a sense of speed and urgency and this raises the question about the inspector and why he is such a rush to leave. The audience throughout are engaged in the play as it does not start allow them to get bored. It also creates a sense of suspense as the audience wonders what they are going to hear about each of the members of the Birling family. Before Edna announces the arrival of the inspector, Birling had been saying "A man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own - and-" However, Birling does not have the chance to complete his sentence as "the sharp ring of a front door" is heard and "Birling stops to listen." This creates suspense within the audience when we learn that the inspector has come to explain that the Birlings and Gerald Croft all played a part in making this young woman feel that she needed to take her own life. This ironic comment by Birling therefore creates a strong impact on the audience, and uncertainty within the play. As the inspector enters the Birling residence, he immediately creates "an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness." This image of the inspector reflects his role as a police officer and implies he has arrived to carry out his duty for a specific purpose. His clothes "a plain darkish suit" contrasts with the Birlings who are dressed for a celebration. This difference in clothing separates Inspector Goole from the Birlings and Gerald Croft, creating an uneasy atmosphere within the household and suspense within play. ...read more.


At the end of the Play J.B.Priestly shows his true feelings that if the community cannot learn from the Birlings mistakes then there would be 'fire and blood and anguish.' He had chosen to these words to be in the inspector's final speech as it makes the audience think hard about it and stays in their mind for a long time. In my opinion J.B.Priestly uses the Inspector wisely and shows him as a powerful person to get rid of the difference of today's society. As J.B. Priestly is a communist he decided to speak through the inspector about his belief on what should be a fair social community, where no difference is seen between the poor and rich. The aim of the poem is to get rid of such a society that still exists in today's society. The play shows the consequences that if man kind couldn't learn to look out for one another then there will be further problems and then they to will have to go through intense interrogation from the police. In terms of other lower class woman it is a lesson which shows that this is what happens if you mess around with middle class families and that they to will have to go through the same traumatic events as Eva Smith went through which and consequents that would follow. In my opinion J.B. Priestly has wrote the book as he was concerned for the society that he lived in and needed a powerful image to convey his thoughts. With his book being so popular his was able to easily get his views across and make people wonder whether they have the right to control someone's life. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rajvir Grewal Inspector calls. Mrs.Pepper. English Coursework. ...read more.

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