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An Inspector Calls Assignment: choose two occasions when the inspector's presence on stage has an effect on the audience.

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Modern Drama- An Inspector Calls Assignment: choose two occasions when the inspector's presence on stage has an effect on the audience. J. B. Priestly was born in 1894 in Bradford and he died on the 14th of August 1984. Before becoming a writer Priestly joined the British Army on the outbreak of the First World War, he was sent to France where in September 1915 he took part in the Battle of the Loos. Whilst he was in the army Priestly's first book was published which was called 'Chapman of rhymes'. After he left the army priestly went to become a student at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and there he gained a valuable experience by writing for the 'Cambridge Review'. When he left the university Priestly married and from 1929 to 1947 priestly wrote novels such as- 'the good companions', 'angel pavement', 'dangerous corner', 'time and the Conways' and the famous play 'an inspector calls' which was written in 1946. An inspector calls is set in 1912 and is about an unsuspecting family of middle- class citizens who play a part in the alleged suicide of Eva Smith In my opinion he wrote this play to change the way people treat each other. It is a fact that Priestly was a moralist and had studied political science. ...read more.


and reminds his parents that "I'm ashamed of you as well - both of you. He tries to assist Sheila in making the elder family members see the lesson that they have been taught, but to no avail. Eric finally severs his links with his father's ideas on community when he savagely criticises Birling's description of people like the Inspector as "crankso, stating "I didn't notice you told him [the Inspector] it's every man for himself. As Birling tries to talk about preventing a scandal, Eric warns him that "you're starting to pretend than now that nothing's happened. To sum up, Eric changes from a young man who reluctantly accepts his father's ideas into one who is able to see that they are totally wrong and is not afraid to criticise them out aloud. Gerald is a character whose opinions are difficult to judge, because unlike the other characters he has a motive for stating ideas that are different to what he actually believes. Generally, Gerald attempts to do and say what he hopes Mr & Mrs Birling will agree with and he also attempts to please Sheila, though he is not particularly successful. Gerald comes out of his "interview with the Inspector better than any other character, because he did not do anything to Eva/Daisy that harmed her in the way that the other characters. ...read more.


This is why he is unable to accept responsibility for what happens to Eva Smith/Daisy Renton, and the Inspector - who arrives in the middle of one of Birling's speeches - can be seen as Priestly's response to his ideas. Both Birling and Mrs Birling have a certain snobbish streak in them, which is shown several times in the play. At the start of the play Birling is worried that Gerald's mother feels that he, Gerald, "may have done better for himself socially", whilst Mrs Birling discriminates against Eva Smith with a dismissive "Girls of that class..." remark, showing her disdain for her. Both Birling and his wife also try to use the fact that Birling has a prominent position in public affairs to try to influence the Inspector into relieving the pressure on him, for example when Mrs Birling reminds the Inspector that "my husband was an ex-Lord Mayor, you know". Mrs Birling also used her social influence to deny charity to Eva Smith. There is also the question of marriage - it is acceptable for the similarly classed Sheila and Gerald to marry but not for Eric and Daisy. Initially, the Birlings all feel very secure and believe that they can do no wrong. The opening stage directions state that they are all "pleased with themselves. Later on, in his speech to Gerald and Eric, Birling states that he is sure he knows what he is right because of his 'experience'. Jessica Mayell Miss Scott 10S1 ...read more.

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