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An Inspector calls.

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Introduction

An Inspector calls The play 'An Inspector calls' was first produced in London on October the 1st, 1946, at the new theatre. The play was written by J.B. (John Boynton) Priestly, who was born in Bradford in Yorkshire on 13th September 1894. He worked as a clerk before serving in the First World War and them taking a degree at Cambridge. He was known as a patriot Yorksireman, a radical. His policies were broadly socialist and he recognised himself for speaking for the common man. He much enjoyed the life and works of H G Wells, as is reflected in this very play in Act One. 1912 is the Setting for the play, in this very year the titanic sinks, Mr Birling Proclaims- 'Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable' This reveals that middle class society at that time had a particular over confidence in itself, in this case, to a tragically undoing extent. 1917 begins the start Russian Revolution, (fictionally) back in 1912, Mr Birling declares- ' ...and rapid progress everywhere-except of course in Russia, which will always be behind hand naturally.' This may reveal that society has a conceited superiority towards Russia in its ideals. 1939-1945 hails the start of the Second World War, (fictionally) ...read more.

Middle

Now the inspector can take full advantage of this mood transition, by revealing that she was responsible for Eva's firing from Milwards. As the dark and emotionally reinforced realisation sweeps over Sheila, she becomes upset, and, as a result, easy to extract information from. This indicates that the inspector's role, when he interrogates Sheila, is to use her own emotions against her, so that she has no choice but to reveal the entire sequence of events, leading to Eva's eventual firing. Shelia's attitude toward the whole situation reveals that in the middle class the younger generation are more impressionable and open-minded in cases where, the general ideals of middle class society are tested. The inspector uses Mrs. Birling to reveal the information about Eva's plea to her organisation. After this he sets up a well-placed trap that Mrs. Birling unwitting and unavoidably falls into, he asks her who was to blame for Eva's suicide: 'Who is to blame then?' At first she replies: 'First, the girl herself' Then she goes on to say: 'Secondly I blame to young man' When the inspector hears this, he quickly delves deeper into this comment by following it up with a further question enquiring into this 'boy' and ...read more.

Conclusion

They instantaneously realise that they are going to experience, in reality, what they have just been experiencing in a suspended reality, and, with this, the play comes to a close. I believe that J.B Priestly does indeed use the inspector as 'a mouthpiece for his own philosophy'; this is because it is especially apparent in the Inspector's final speech. He first says- 'But just remember this. One Eva smith has gone-but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us' This means that Priestly uses Eva to embody a wider significance of society; she represents the lower class that he believes is treated unjustly, and are disregarded by the upper class, or top end of the social ladder, witch is characterized by Mr. and Mrs. Birling. However he believes this should revolutionize, and all hope of this happening is though the more youthful (and as a result more impressionable) generation, which is represented by Eric and Sheila. The Inspector also proclaims- 'We are all members of one body. We are all responsible for each other' He says this to the Birlings (who represent the upper class) because he believes they have no sense of social moralities, and quite frankly, so do I. Jason Leeson ...read more.

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