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An Inspector Calls is set in 1912 and was written in 1945 by J. B. Priestley.

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20th Century Drama- An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is set in 1912 and was written in 1945 by J. B. Priestley. It contains many of Priestley's views on socialism and the overall point of the play is that he thinks you should learn from it. The play is set in the Birling household on an evening in 1912 and uses flashbacks to tell the story. In my opinion, I think that the inspector acts as the other characters' conscience. He gradually builds up the story in a specific way to make the characters feel guilty and to make them think about what they have done. It is a spring evening in 1912 in an industrial city in the North Midlands called Brumley. Mr. Arthur Birling and his family: Mrs. Sybil Birling his wife, his daughter Sheila Birling and his son Eric Birling. ...read more.

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He also does this with the other characters and pieces each of their stories together to make them feel guilty for what their actions have led to. After questioning all of them, the story has been fully told and the Inspector begins to show more examples of how he acts as their conscience. He mentions morals and tries to change the way they act towards other people by showing them how their actions affect other people. An example of him doing this is shown just before the inspector leaves in Act Three: INSPECTOR "But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone but there are millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. ...read more.

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He pieced these facts together to realise that they had been had. Until the end of the play when they get the phone call to say that a girl has died this would also agree with the fact that the Inspector had acted as their conscience and that he may be trying to stop them from doing stupid little things which may add up to a tragic happening like the death of a girl. After they get the phone call, the Inspector could then be said to act as other roles. One of the better other roles is that Inspector may also act as Priestley as he tries to get his views across throughout the play. There are many other roles which he could undertake like how he acts as God in the way he controls the story. ...read more.

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