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An inspector calls - History

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An inspector calls Priestly first had an idea about a mysterious inspector visiting a family. It was in 1944 when he rediscovered his idea for the characters of the Birling family in his notebook. In winter 1944-45 he started writing it at top speed and finished it within a week. Because there was no London theatre available he sent the script to Moscow where it was produced in two theatres in 1945. And it was produced in London the following year. An inspector calls is known as a well-made play. It progresses from ignorance to knowledge and not only for the audience but for the characters too. Everything contributes to the central theme of the play and nothing distracts the audience. The audience is always interested to find out who ultimately led Eva smith to her suicide. The writer heightens the audience's suspense by his use of climax. ...read more.


When the family starts to disintegrate the inspector says his last judgement which is that while Arthur Birling started it all thy are all to blame for Eva's death. Inspector Goole was in charge and in control of everything the whole time. Later Sheila said that no one told the inspector anything he did not already know. Priestly moved his play beyond the bounds of naturalism. He imbues the inspector with a supernatural quality. The effect of the inspector whoever he was, was to split the family irrevocably. When Arthur Birling picks up the telephone to hear that an inspector is going to come to investigate a girls suicide, and they are left to face a repeat of the evenings events and the audience would be left to predict what is going to happen. When Mr Birling tells the inspector that he knows the chief constable the inspector did not really care. ...read more.


I think that the inspector was a supernatural person who represented their conscience and I do not think they would say the same things to the real inspector and they would just tell lies except for Sheila and Eric, they would tell the truth. The impact the inspector would have upon the audience is that he would leave them confused and wondering who he was, he would also keep them in suspense and give them a moral teaching. When the inspector shows the photo individually and makes the audience feel that there is a little more to it, like if he is showing the same photo to everyone or is he changing the photo each time he shows someone. And even after the inspector leave we think that it is all over but then a phone call comes and says that there was a young lady that died and an inspector is going to come to ask them questions. ...read more.

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