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An Inspector Calls, by J.B Priestly.

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TASK 2 An Inspector Calls, by J.B Priestly, is the story of the visit by an Inspector to an apparently normal family, the Birling's. The play is set in the early 1900s in the North Midlands. The family is celebrating the engagement between Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft, when they receive a surprise visit from Inspector Goole informing them of a suicide by a young girl earlier in the evening. At first all members of the family including Gerald, deny any knowledge of the victim, Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton. But as the play progresses, however the Inspector manages to reveal how each of them has a secret, which is in some way responsible for driving her to suicide. This play attacks the social morals of the time. In the time when Priestly was writing the play, people only seemed to look after themselves, their time and attention was not spent on community, but on themselves. There was hardly any communal spirit or common wealth, and any such talk is dismissed, for example by Birling, "But the way that some of these cranks talk and write now, you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else as if we're all together like bees in a hive, community and all that nonsense." ...read more.


The upper class men could not fall in love and marry the lower class women though, as this was considered unsuitable. You only married within your class, or preferably higher. Working class girls were at the mercy of rich men and could find it hard to refuse sex to a man as it was these men who held social and economic power. Many of these women became pregnant and had no resources to care for themselves or their children. Unmarried mothers were frowned upon and in some cases treated as if they were mad and locked up. Family was also another main feature during this script. The father was thought to be head of the family and his word was law within the family. Mothers had some influence in areas, but were less direct in doing so, but children, even when older and in adulthood were expected to completely obey parents. For dramatic devices in the play, Priestly first sets the story in 1912, which is two years before the world war. The reason for this is to show the events which has already happened that the audience already have knowledge of, such as the sinking of the titanic, the outbreak of the war, both examples dramatic irony. ...read more.


I suppose that I have tried to capture the emotions that a real family would have within the same circumstances, and how different people would act and their attitude towards one another. I have tried to do this by having Shelia rebelling against her father, mother and fianc�e. "And what are you suggesting?!?" as she flares up towards Birling. "You are not even capable of realising the whole reality of the situation!" is what she says to Gerald. I believe that my script was very successful, as I have tried to keep the play in the same style as Priestly. I think that the extra script looses the end cliffhanger, which is what we were left with, but it also adds more to the story line, which is what some people prefer. I have also tried to keep the theme of how important family is and how to keep a relationship strong, through a lover or relative, you always need to have trust, honesty and respect for one another as, "We don't live alone. We are member 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 that lesson then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." ...read more.

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