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An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly.

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Coursework- An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly, is the story of an Inspector visiting to a normal family, the Birlings. They are celebrating Sheila Birling's engagement to Gerald Croft, who is also at the celebration, when the Inspector arrives telling them of the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. At first they deny any knowledge of the girl, but as the play goes on the Inspector manages to show that they all helped kill her. Mr Birling had her dismissed from his factory for demanding a small increase in wages, Sheila ordered her to be dismissed from her job in a shop simply because of her pride. Gerald Croft kept her as his mistress before leaving her suddenly, Eric Birling (Mr & Mrs Birling's son) also had an affair with the girl and stole money to keep her living, and Mrs Birling used her influence to deny help to Eva Smith when she needed it most, driving her to suicide. The character that I will explain about is Mr. Birling. He is married to Sybil Birling and has two children, Eric and Shelia. He considers himself to have a very high status in society. ...read more.


Birling. He is well on the way to becoming someone like Mr. Birling. Being the son of Lord Croft makes him seem more of a worthy son-in-law to Mr. Birling. Each character should be dressed differently because each character has their own characteristics and makes the audience know a bit of their characteristic. The role of Mr. Birling is that he should sit in the middle of the table to give him a 'head of the family' appearance. Eric and Gerald should sit beside of him. When Gerald says that Eric's been up to something he should be nodding his head to Mr. Birling while Eric who is feeling uneasy will be sweating, undoing his top button of his shirt and while he's holding his drink his hands should be shaking, the audience will know this when Eric starts spilling his drink. Mr. Birling asks himself why there is an inspector. The Inspector enters the stage; Mr. Birling knows he is new because he hasn't seen him before. Birling has a smile on his face because he knows that whatever he has done he will get away with it by thinking of bribing him to drop the investigation. ...read more.


The bosses, being of a higher class than the workers, believed that they knew best and should make decisions for the masses. These were mainly based on how much profit they could make and they rarely considered the welfare of the workers. In the play itself the main family, the 'Birlings' are wealthy middle class landowners and proprietors of a large factory that was built up by the father of Mr. Birling. He has hopes of gaining a Knighthood, due to his service as a magistrate and as ex-Lord Mayor, which he sees as his way to climb the social ladder to the lower rungs of the aristocracy. I think the moral of this play is that 'us' people in a society should be looking out for each other and to treat people as would you like to be treated. During Priestly's life people only seemed to look after themselves, their time and attention was not spent on the community, but on themselves. Also women had less rights than men and they were treated differently, higher-class women were not allowed to work, only stay at home. I believe that Priestly used each of the characters to portray a different part of society and he personified their actions to the death of Eva Smith. Jeremias Adolfo 10 Clare ...read more.

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