• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Inspector Calls

Extracts from this document...


An Inspector Calls The inspector is the centre of the play and this is shown in the way he is different from the other characters and the way he dominates the script. There is a massive contrast between the Birlings' celebrations at the beginning of the play to when the inspector comes in. When the inspector enters the play everything seems to turn to ice we know that everything is going to turn upside down. What the Birling family were celebrating at the beginning of the play doesn't even exist at the end of it so comparing the beginning to the end there is a big change and a massive contrast. At the Royal National Theatre "An Inspector Calls" production the stage was set as a street. In the middle of the street was the Birlings' house. This was up high away from the poverty below. At the beginning of the play there were war sirens and children scurrying around like rats in 1940's clothing. These time zones help create the dramatic irony, already present in the script. There are three time zones portrayed in the production the first one is the 1940's. Throughout the play the inspector and other figures such as the children who represent the poor and lower class are all dressed in 1940's clothes. ...read more.


by conveying subtly that Eva becomes an economic victim because of a class system that robbed workers of the power to have a voice, "I refused of course". The inspector seems to create a great effect on people just by saying a name or showing a photograph. Mr. Birling- "I think you remember Eva Smith now." Sheila-"Recognizes it with a little cry, gives a half-stifled sob, and then runs out." Gerald-"Changed her name to Daisy Renton"-"What?" Mrs. Birling "You recognize her?"-"No. Why should I?" He is solid and there is a kind of presence about him but Priestley gives him the name Goole, which is similar to the word ghoul meaning ghostly. Because of Mr. Birling's importance he knows most of the police in Brumley. "You're new, aren't you? I'm still on the bench-so I know the Brumley police officers." but as he doesn't seem to know this inspector it tells us he is either new or not who he says he is. The inspector does change the family. First of all he orchestrates a conversation between Sheila and Gerald leaving Gerald to confess about his relationship with Eva Smith whom he had known as Daisy Renton. Sheila breaks off her engagement to Gerald, which means the life she had mapped out for herself has now changed "I think you'd better take this with you (She hands him the ring)". ...read more.


This is the reason the audience is made to feel guilty in a production when this fourth wall comes down. At the end of it all Sheila and Eric are the only ones who seem to have learnt something. Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald the older ones who should know better dismiss it and want to get back to their normal lives as soon as possible, "You'll have a good laugh over it yet". This could have been intentional because Sheila and Eric have longer to live and therefore have longer to change things. This is why the inspector is at the centre of the play because he has changed everything and taught a lot and most things that the family will go on to do will remind them of him because he affected and changed them so much. Maybe Sheila and Eric have learnt but what have the people in the present day learnt? The dramatic irony in the play, which is the fact that Eric and Gerald may have had to be conscripted to go to war in the near future, shows us that we cannot predict the future and that if we don't learn then we will keep being punished in "fire and blood and anguish". ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Karen Spanswick 02/05/2007 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. Discussthe role of the Inspector in the play 'An Inspector Calls'

    You knew it then. You began to learn something. And now you've stopped. You're ready to go on in the same old way." This shows how Sheila has realised that her father has not learnt anything and knows that he will probably continue acting the same as he did before, in a smug and arrogant manner.

  2. Review of the Royal National Theatre Production of “an Inspector Calls”

    The carpet is red, like royalty. Edna then follows Mrs Birling around with a chair for her to sit on. Edna only does this for Mrs Birling, not Mr Birling or Sheila or Eric. This is because Mrs Birling is higher class than Mr Birling and this means that the Birling children are "mixed class".

  1. Eva Smith's Diary

    I can't forever be a temptation to Men. It's a sin, like a big crime. There's no other place to get money from or to work. I would ask some of my friends to help me with some money before I can work and pay them but they too need their money.

  2. Compare the script of 'An Inspector Calls' to the filmed version

    In the book Birling is aloof and quick to lose his temper but in the film he seems calmer and is not such an important character as the book made him. In the film there are even more background characters such as the charity people and the men in the bar.

  1. Directors notes and stage instructions for An Inspector Calls

    of the 'strong' disinfectant that she drank, which 'burn her inside out'. He could have course stopped there, but instead carried on to describe the great agony in which she died and how nothing could be done for her. This immediately makes the audience feel compassion for the dead girl

  2. How does the film enhance the original Script of “An Inspector Calls”?

    The fact that near the end of the script the point is clarified, is a bit disappointing and should be made earlier as then if the imagery of Eva is incorrectly made by the reader it can be adjusted easily which is the good thing about the film, this error cannot be made.

  1. Explore and explain the numerous different ways in which the Inspector affects the characters ...

    In-between Eric and Birling's little arguments and disagreements, the Inspector continues to interrogate the family one by one, backing them into a corner at the same time: "It's about time you learnt to face a few responsibilities." This remark made by Birling epitomizes his whole persona.

  2. A Production of An inspector calls.

    Most of the actors didn�t seen too bothered that somebody had died. I feel that the death of somebody is such an emotion that is extremely powerful that the actors could have showed more emotion. Margaret Tyzack made a very good job of showing Sybil Birling as a very cold

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work