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An Inspector Calls

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Twentieth Century Drama GCSE Coursework An Inspector Calls When we first meet Arthur Birling, he is described through the stage direction, as a ruthless, selfish and over-confident business man. All that he cares about his is image and his social status. He wants to be in the News Years honour's list and is very self-satisfied and confident that he will get into it. Shortly afterwards we come to see that he is scared, frightened and so much less self-confident and pride. Starts to loose control about certain things, we see this later on in the story. Starts to become less focused and curious about the enquiry and just answers without asking questions back or answering back, about the whole enquiry; just wants to all this business with Eva Smith to blow over and for the inspector to go. When we hear that he has sacked Eva Smith, we see him as all defensive and not accepting that he actually did anything, this was then the inspector starts the enquiry. ...read more.


he doesn't really care about them; he only cares about his family because he wants to control them and make sure non of the newspapers companies get hold on any saucy news from Birling's, especially as there classed as "Royal" in the hierarchy, and doesn't care about his business. When we first meet the Inspector, he is described, through the stage directions as a mysterious, bossy, confident and an un-intimidated person. He's the kind of character that the play needed and couldn't go on with out him, and on the mysterious side of it all, the audience is left with a sort of cliff-hanger figuring out who the Inspector was and what he's goal was coming to the Birling's house... but of course he's a ghost warning them if they didn't learn their lesson then things will start to go downwards for them. The Inspector is intended to be seen as a ghostly, mysterious and bossy person. This is so that the person who he is questioning won't lie because the Inspector knows all, so even if they do lie he can push it out of them. ...read more.


that's the whole point of him coming to the Birling's house at this time to teach them that they all have done a bad thing. Twentieth Century Drama GCSE Coursework An Inspector Calls Continued... However, they do have some similarities... bossy, confident, and single minded. But there is some motivation behind these qualities that makes the difference. Mr. Birling acts purely for financial gain and status. The Inspector is motivated by the need for social justice and the desire for equality. This is a powerful play, in which Priestly delivers a clear message to the audience; learn from mistakes and all actions have consequences... this is what the Inspector tried to teach the Birling's. Two of the most powerful characters are Mr. Birling and Inspector Goole and through them, Priestly expresses his heartfelt desire for social reform. We very clearly get the impression from Priestly that we are supposed to like the Inspector and support his methods, whereas we are meant to dislike Birling's arrogance and anti-social ways. "It's better to ask for the earth than to take it." The Inspector asks them to open their minds, but Birling takes without asking, or considering the possible consequences. ...read more.

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