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An Inspector Calls Coursework

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Introduction

'An Inspector Calls' An Inspector Calls is about a family which helps towards the death of a young girl, Eva Smith. The name Eva, which is similar to Eve- from Adam and Eve, plus the fact that Smith is the most common English surname, implies that Eva Smith represents every lower-class working girl. Dramatic irony is used in the play, for example when Mr. Birling says that there won't be a war- when there were actually two- Birling also says that the titanic is unsinkable. This suggests that he is arrogant, foolish and so over-confident that he thinks he's always right. J.B Priestley set this play in 1912. As Priestley was in the infantry, I imagine that he set the play in this period because he wanted to express himself with what he saw during the war he says what's wrong with capitalism, whilst reflecting on socialism. The speech that the Inspector says on page fifty-six is a view of what J.B Priestley really thinks of war. Sheila is first described as a 'pretty girl.., very pleased with life and rather excited.' She's described as excited and pleased with life as she has just got engaged to Gerald Croft. ...read more.

Middle

However, Sheila starts to feel guilty about what impact she had on Eva Smith's life. 'And if I could help her now, I would-'Sheila starts to feel compassion for Eva. She becomes perceptive and aware that as soon as the name Daisy Renton was mentioned she notices how Gerald was immediately startled. Just as the Inspector mentions Daisy Renton's name, the play becomes deeper and dramatic. Sheila's insight and behaviour creates suspense to the play. When Inspector Goole steps out, Sheila becomes curious about Gerald, 'How did you come to know this girl- Eva Smith?' She frequently asks questions about her and implies things. Just at the end of act one, Sheila becomes more conscious about what the Inspector is doing. 'Why-you fool- he knows.' When Sheila says 'You'll see.' It adds more tension to the play, because the audience becomes curious about what's going to happen. Sheila repeats this line twice to show that she knows. In act two, 'Sheila stares at him wonderingly and dubiously' I think this suggests that she's curious about how the Inspector knows so much about what's happened, interested about what Inspector Goole has to say and that she wants to know more. '(slowly, carefully now) ...read more.

Conclusion

She realizes how privileged she is. J.B Priestley's stage directions show the emotions and feelings of the character: Sheila: '(horrified)' and '(distressed)', the stage directions add tension to the play. At the very end of the play, Sheila becomes wiser and responsible. Sheila says, '(tensely) I want to get out if this. It frightens me the way you talk.' Sheila cries, '(passionately) you're pretending everything's just as it was before.' Mr. Birling, Mrs. Birling and Gerald are cold-hearted, selfish, careless and even prejudiced. Eric and Sheila have taken responsibility for what they've have done and are sympathetic for Eva. The message of the play is that whatever 'class' we are, however rich or poor we are, we should still respect and try to help each other, as well as promoting the idea of socialism. The fact that Priestley uses the phrases, "members of one body" and "fire, blood and anguish" clearly reveals that socialism is the only way forward and also states that we should take responsibility for our own actions. Priestley tells the audience how not to live their lives. Sheila's change of behaviour and moods throughout the play adds drama and effect to the play. Her lines and actions add intensity to the play, as it keeps the audience interested because they want to know what's going to happen next. ...read more.

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