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An Inspector Calls By J.B Priestley.

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An Inspector Calls Emma Oliver 4N1 By J.B Priestley "An Inspector Calls" is a simple play on the surface that is easy to follow and understand. The plot begins and concludes in one night, and in one room. Priestley has used the play to put across his own opinions and feelings of how he believes the world should be and how humans should treat one another, therefore he has purposely written the play clearly hoping that both his readers and the characters will grasp his message and be left with an incentive to change their ways. The play is set in the early twentieth century, before the First World War has taken place. This was a time when social class was greatly indulged - those of the upper and middles classes avoided if possible, not to have anything to do with, or to be in any way agreeable to those in working class. By setting the story at this time, Priestley has the opportunity to incorporate this snobbery and apalling attitude of some people to stress the point more strongly to his audience that individuals can be unnecessarily cruel. ...read more.


" Its better to ask for the world, rather than to take it." (This was aimed at Mr Birling.) " We were having a nice little family celebration tonight inspector. And a nasty mess you've made of it now. Haven't you? ... That's more or less what I was thinking earlier tonight, when I was in the infirmary looking at what was left of Eva Smith. A nice little promising life there, I thought, and a nasty mess someone's made of it." " After all y'know, we're respectable citizens and not criminals ... Sometimes there isn't as much difference as you think. Often, if it was left to me, I wouldn't know where to draw the line." We know exactly when the characters are beginning to feel tense, annoyed, or guilty around the inspector as words and phrases such as " rather impatiently," "showing annoyance," " rather angrily," " angrily," " still angrily," " sulkily," " rather distressed," " agitated," " rather uneasily," " miserably" etc. are inserted into the stage directions more frequently as the investigation continues and more lies and secrets are revealed. The reasons each of the characters are becoming either upset or defensive is because they do not like the sound of the truth. ...read more.


just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their sufferings and chance of happiness intertwined in our lives, with what we think, say and do... we are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn this lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Goodnight" This speech was direct and hard-hitting, which we can prove from the stage directions immediately after: " He walks straight out, leaving them staring, subdued and wondering." I personally don't think Inspector Goole was real. I believe that he was their conscience turning into something they could identify with - a person. I think he and what he represents (the message - 'think how your actions are going to affect others in ways beyond your eyesight) became a man to show the family the reality of the world and the errors of their ways. The pun in his name Goole - ghoul also suggests that he is some sort of other being. A being that teaches good and how to make the world a better place. ...read more.

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