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An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly was first performed in 1946. It is still regularly performed and attracts modern audiences. Explain why, in your view, people still enjoy the play.

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Amar Purohit An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly was first performed in 1946. It is still regularly performed and attracts modern audiences. Explain why, in your view, people still enjoy the play. I think the main reason this play still attracts audiences is because of the characters. Form the beginning you have a neutral view of the characters as the play goes on you get to know each one and decide whether you like them or not and these views change as you see their actions. Each of the Birlings can be related to a type of person, these types of people still exist more than fifty years after the play was first performed. "He's been drinking steadily for two years." Eric Birling is an irresponsible young man. He is an alcoholic, which is a result of a bad education and working for Arthur, who wants to make him a "hard headed man of business". "... this public-school-and-Varsity life you've had doesn't seem to teach you" To this he replies sulkily: "Well, we don't need to tell the Inspector all about that, do we?" ...read more.

Middle

Then he describes how the affair started. The audience likes him much less because of how he exploited Daisy alias Eva. Gerald doesn't leave Eva with nothing, he gives her money but this doesn't make up for much. Sheila's decision to call off the engagement seems fully justified. When he returns from his walk he has discovered an 'escape route' for all of the Birlings to escape any blame. Arthur and Sybil are very pleased with him. The audience and Sheila would not be too impressed. "What do you male of this business now. Was it a hoax?" "I met a police sergeant I know ... I asked him about this Inspector Goole ... He swore there wasn't any Inspector Goole or anybody like him on the force here." Mrs Birling doesn't get involved much until after the interrogation of Sheila realises that Sybil is already denying any involvement in Eva's death. "While we'll be glad to tell you anything you want to know, I don't think we can help you much." She maintains this attitude through to the end and when questioned she lies only to be overruled by Sheila. As the questions continue she gets more and more stubborn. ...read more.

Conclusion

And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will soon learn, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night." The end is about the wars so he knows about the future and ends up changing it. He knows too much to be human. He already knows what has happened and is just there to make the truth come out and teach the Birlings a lesson, or else. As mentioned before he seems to be able to change the future because of what happens at the end. The end of the play is not really the end, it is the middle because things are just getting interesting again. The biggest unanswered question is what will happen now, J.B Priestly has left this to us to think about and try to finish. The ending leaves everything wide open and open to debate and argument. It is the talking point of the whole play. "Yes?... Mr Birling speaking... What? -here- That was the police. A girl has just died- on her way to the Infirmary- after swallowing some disinfectant. And a police inspector is on his way here- to ask some- questions-" ...read more.

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