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ABU HABIB AN INSPECTOR CALLS The inspector wants to show and teach the Birlings that they are responsible for how they affect the lives of others (Eva Smith). The inspector tries to make the family clear that each uncaring behaviour can produce serious consequences. While the children Sheila and Erik notice and then admit their heartless acting, their parents just see their legal innocence and do not accept any moral guilt. J.B Priestley's main concerns about the class divide were how the middle class treated the working class. Priestley is trying to show that the upper classes are unaware that the easy lives they lead rest upon hard work of the lower classes. By setting the play in 1912 and presenting it to a later audience, J.B priestly has covered an era which includes both world wars. This was his way of expressing a sense of urgency which he thought necessary to pass on to society so that they would not forget what had just turned out and to capture attention. Most of the characters learn a lot about themselves and others. Mr Birling discovers the death of Eva and feels no guilt for not protecting the girl. ...read more.


Her refusal to help the girl was what led to her suicide. It was only after she realises that Eric was the child's father she begins to show signs of weakening. Sheila realises that her jealousy and bad temper had led to Eva getting sacked. She is genuinely sorry. She is upset and shows responsibility for her death. Eric feels sympathy for Eva as soon as her hears how Mr Birling sacked her. He has to admit the way he behaved towards her, he has a stronger feeling of guilt because of the consequences he did were worse. Gerald felt guilty about the way he used her and how their relationship ended. He felt guilty about only being able to offer her temporary help and giving her money to start a new life. He manipulates the scene in different events; who will speak and when; who may or may not leave; who will not see the photograph. He even seems to control what people say. The inspector has Eva Smith's diary and a letter. From these he has built up a picture of her life and character. ...read more.


plot with arguments and family conflicts making the drama increase with a angry atmosphere and then make it go back down again to a more quiet atmosphere to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Priestley uses dramatic irony. For instance, the audience knows how wrong Mr Birling is when he makes confident predictions about there not being a war and is excited about the sailing of The Titanic: famously, the ship sank on her maiden voyage. This puts the audience at an advantage over the characters and makes us more involved. There is a lot of tension as each member of the family is found to have played a part in Eva's death. New pieces of information add to the story being constructed. The audience is interested in how each character reacts to the surprise. The playwright's message is shown by the comfortable home and rich way of life of the Birling family. By contrast we have the accounts of the desperate attempts of the workers to increase their poor wage and the dull and low life that the girl is forced to live as a result of the actions of people such as the Birlings. ...read more.

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