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An inspector calls by J.B. Priestly

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Introduction

An inspector calls by J.B. Priestly The play "an inspector calls" by J.B. Priestly is about a suicide in which a whole family is involved. The family that is involved is called the birling family. The play is set in the home of a middle class family, on a spring evening of 1912.The plot centres on the visit made by a mysterious police inspector to a wealthy and apparently respectable family, for the purposes of enquiring the death of a poor and unknown girl. The inspector investigates and reminds each person of the family member in turn of his or her connection with the death of Eva smith, leading each of them to suppose that their unintentional cruelty or thoughtlessness has brought about the girl's death. As the play ends we begin to question the reliability of the inspector, resulting in him being branded as a fake. The family calls the police department to find that Inspector Goole is not employed there, and they find out that he was a fake policeman. However, the younger ones in the family still hold his socialist message that every body affects every body else. ...read more.

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When the inspector questions Mr Birling he starts to become annoyed. He tries all sorts of things to get the inspector to exit, Mr Birling addresses to the inspector that he is a good friend of the chief constable. 'I ought to warn you that he's an old friend of mine'. This shows us that Mr Birling has a strong relationship with the chief constable and could get the inspector into some trouble. At this moment Priestly maintains the interest of the 1945 audience by making them wait to see if Mr Birling is going to report him to the chief constable. As the investigation continues, the characters speak less formally to each other before the inspector arrives to interview them about the death of Eva Smith. This shows that they are trying to get a quick word to each other so the statements are given are similar. This builds up suspense and keeps the audience interested to read on further to see what happens next. When the inspector does arrive the tense is finished of the first act. ...read more.

Conclusion

This made them feel foolish and stupid. Social context is also used in this play in various places throughout the lay. Lady Crofts (Gerald's mother) says that she isn't happy about the engagement between Sheila and Gerald because Sheila is a girl of a lower class. Mr Birling also showed disrespect towards Eva Smith because he sacked her. The reason for why she was sacked was that she wasn't rich and she was a girl from a lower class. When everything is said and done, I think that in the play 'an inspector calls' the most significant act was act 2, this is because it has the best character interaction between Sheila and Gerald. All of gelds secrets were revealed. The inspector sparked off little questions and triggered huge things such as the money that got stolen from Mr Birlings office. People of lower class steal things and now people from high class are doing the same thing, showing no difference the two classes. Over all, throughout the whole of the play Priestly had maintained the interest of a 1945 audience by using character, plot, historical and social context techniques. Ishaq Qamar Inspector calls ...read more.

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