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An Inspector calls

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An Inspector calls An inspector calls was written by J.B Priestly in the 1940's. Priestly was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on the 18th of September 1894. He began to write for a newspaper in 1910. The play An Inspector Calls to Priestly a mere one week to write. The play was set in 1912 where the society was very much run by the class system. The play very much establishes the way society ran according to your class. Priestly tries to show this by using lifelike factors of the past in the play. The play is about the Birling family, a tight knit family of four whose eldest daughter is soon to be married. Arthur Birling, the head of the family is a top factory owner and manager. The Birling family live in a very upper class society. They live very comfortably in a large Edwardian suburban house, in Brumley. They have a housemaid called Edna which is another sign that they are well off. The role of the inspector is the main focus point for the play because the character is so unusual. The inspector puts forward the sense of social responsibility when he says "we are all members of one body: we are responsible for each other" he uses the word 'we', meaning the whole society and trying to involve the audience a lot more. ...read more.

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If you do the Inspector will just break it down." The Inspector also acts as a dramatic device. When the Inspector enters the stage, the stage directions say "light changes from a pink to a bright yellow". This symbolises the change between the intimacies of the Birling family and then when the Inspector enters the harsh lighting fills the room with reality and it exposes the family to the audience more clearly. When the Inspector enters, Priestly portrays the Inspector's role as the strongest and the most in control. The way the inspector enters and jumps straight into the enquiry in a very professional manner shows us this. It is ironic that the Inspector arrives just after Mr. Birling says "so long as we behave ourselves and don't get into a public scandal..." because after the inspector leaves Mr. Birling says "They just won't try to see out position or to see the difference between a lot of stuff like this coming out in private and a downright public scandal. This is ironic because before the Inspector arrives they were talking about not getting in trouble and then a mysterious 'Inspector' arrives about the death of a young girl and a girl that they have found out that they have all taken part in the death of. ...read more.

Conclusion

I believe that the Inspector makes the whole play work because if he wasn't there then the enquiry wouldn't be as effective. I think that Priestly created this character because the role of the Inspector is very unusual and isn't really portrayed in many other plays in the sane mysterious way. The Inspector also keeps you guessing and you don't know what is going to happen next. Priestly uses the Inspector as a device to reveal his own views about society and life in 1910. He shows this by making the Inspector grow in authority when the other characters crumble. Priestly first presented the Inspector as an average person in a middle class, but by the end of the play he leaves with complete control and authority of the play and the situation in which the play portrays. I believe that priestly created a character like the Inspector to show us how society worked and about the way one person can help make a difference to peoples lives by just caring. The play also shows us that people in the higher classes not only saw themselves a s bigger and more important but they treated everyone in a way in which made them feel even more important. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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