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An Inspector Calls

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The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written and performed around the time of about 1946. Although it was acted out at this time, the play was set in 1912, just before the Titanic set sale. The fact that the play was set at that time plays a big role in delivering the moral of the story because it uses examples of mis-judgment such as the Titanic (which was thought to be unsinkable, but still sank!) and the first and second world war (which Berling, the man of the house in the play, thought was impossible and was never going to happen). I think that the whole play was trying to give the audience advice. It seemed to me that J B Priestley, the auther, was telling them to always think twice, and never underestimate the consiquences of their actions, or they could end up like the charecters in the play. This is were the inspector comes in as he is the character who delivers the moral and creates the suspence in the play. The inspector is named 'Inspector Goole'. This creates the mystery in the play, particulary towards the end. It creates mystery because the word 'goole' has the same pronunseation as the word ghoul [gool], which in the dictionary means 'a person with morbid interests.' Since the play is all about the death of a person (Eva Smith) ...read more.


This comes as a shock to the family as Eric (Berling's son) quotes "My God", and often makes excuses of why his father didn't have to sack her. Could Berlings actions have caused Eva to kill herself? Once the inspector has finished with Berling, He starts to question Sheila, who is still shocked at her father. Sheila eventually realises that she also knew Eva, but not as a friend. The inspector explains that Eva had a knew start and somehow makes Sheila own up to getting her sacked from a shop that she had started work in. She did this by blackmailing the manager, all because she thought that Eva was prettier than her. Maybe she caused Eva's death? By this point in the play, the inspector has started two members of the family thinking of their actions, but more importantly, has made the audience think. As soon as the questioning with Sheila is over, Gerald tries to let Sheila go, but the inspector makes all the family stay, even when Eric uses the excuse that he has a headache and needs to go to bed. The inspector begins to question Gerald, who soon brakes up and confesses to having an affair with Eva smith (behind Sheila's back) who by this time was known as Daisy Renton. Not long after that, Sheila is even more upset and Gerald is feeling guilty because he had set her up with a house, made it seem like he wanted a relationship, and then deserted her. ...read more.


"Perhaps the inspector was a hoax" is what Birling surgested, after all no-one had ever heard off him before. The inspector plays a huge role in this play. His part leaves you thinking about your own atitude, which is what Priestly wanted to do. The family never new if the inspector was real or not, but they learned their lesson, which is the moral of the story. Think about the consiquences of your actions. Perhaps the inspector was a ghost or a warning of some sort. I think this because of his name, the way he dresses, his questions and the way he knew so much about what happened. It is as if he didn't need to go and ask questions because he already knew the answers, maybe he just wanted to get to them. He seems to know what people are going to say and how it will effect others. The inspector could have caused the family to split up completely, but Priestly choose to keep the fictional family together, which to the audience shows that we should learn to forgive one another. Priestly also choose to write about a well-off family and a poor girl to show that we are all as good as one another, and should not think that anybody is more important than anybody else. All these points and views are only there because the inspector brought them up, which is why 'Inspector Goole' plays such a huge role in this play. ...read more.

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