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An Inspector Calls.

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Krzysztof Jackowski 10P An Inspector Calls. The play "An Inspector Calls" was written by JB Priestley in 1945. The play is set in 1912. this is just after the Victorian times and the beginning of the Edwardian times. This is quite significant because this was the time when people began getting freedom with strikes and women started to try and get independence. In this essay I will try to explain the inspector's role in the play. The play is about a family which are fairly wealthy and during a celebration an inspector called. He started by asking the father, Mr. Birling, whether he knew a woman called Eva Smith, he said that he did and then he said that this woman had today, committed suicide, by drinking a bottle of disinfectant. Mr. Birling thought nothing of this, but he was soon going to find out that him and all of his family were connected to this. She once worked in his factory but she was fired because she went on strike to get a little more money. After this, because she was a young and talented young girl, she went to a famous store to work there. Sheila Birling came to the store and tried on the dress, but she saw Eva laughing at her, so she got her fired. ...read more.


He is also very greedy for power and wants to use it. He was the first to be interviewed by the inspector. At first he was calm and relaxed, as if it were a social call, but he soon turned violent. As the inspector carries on interviewing the family, he gets more nervous and angry. I also think he was getting a little worried, because if anyone found out about this, he could lose this opportunity to get a knighthood. Mrs. Birling isn't really that worried. She didn't give too much away. "He certainly didn't make me confess - as you call it. I just told him it was my duty". When the inspector asked her a question she seemed to avoid answering the question properly. She seemed to bend the truth. Nearer the end of the play she seemed a little stupid, because she doesn't understand what's going on. She says that the boy responsible should be punished. "He ought to be dealt with very severely." Sheila warned her not to say that but she didn't listen. Then Eric came back and she suddenly understood what she had said. She contradicted herself when she found out when she found out it was Eric, and said that punishing this boy would be stupid. ...read more.


Maybe the reason we don't find out about the second inspector, because Priestley left this out so he could write s equal if he wanted to. In the inspectors speech he says that they were mean on one person, but there are many people like this in the world. There are many people who take things out on others for no reason (like the Birlings) and there are many 'Eva Smith's' out there, and that we should set an example and stop making mountains out of mole hills like the Birlings did in the play. The inspector is the centre of the play. Without him the story - line couldn't move on or slow down. In this way he is used a dramatic device, like his photo of Eva. Rather than keeping the play stood in one place he moves it on and uses the photo to make the audience think, and to keep them interested. Everyone thinks that once he leaves the play is over, but it isn't and the audience are shocked when Gerald swings the door open and mentions that it could be a hoax. They keep this idea in their heads as they walk out, and they think about who the inspector could have been and what happened next. ...read more.

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