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'An inspector calls' is set in 1912 but written in 1944 by the left wing politically minded writer J B Priestly.

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK An Inspector calls By Julhaz Miah 'An inspector calls' is set in 1912 but written in 1944 by the left wing politically minded writer J B Priestly. The play is about circumstances leading to the suicide of an unemployed and destitute woman. As the play progresses under the unyielding interrogation of the Birling family by a fierce inspector we find that every member of the family is hiding a disgraceful secret which links them to her untimely death. In this part of the essay I intend to discuss how the characters talk and act and how I think Priestly intended the audience to view them. I shall begin with Mr. and Mrs. Birling. I think Priestly uses the characters of Mr. Mrs. Birling to display the greed and ignorance of the pre-war aristocracy. He displays them as selfish and complacent and unwilling to admit their mistakes. Mr. Birling is stereotyped by Priestly as a pride filled, over confidant and boastfully uncompromisable. Some examples of this are 'I say you can ignore all this silly pessimistic talk' and 'we're in for a time of steadily increasing prosperity.' ...read more.

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and Mrs. Birling. I believe that Inspector Goole is the catalyst for the whole play because he can sense when a character is weak and then he pounces with his well thought out questions. He did this with all of the characters. This extraordinary ability makes him seem knowledgeable, powerful and undefeatable. Priestly makes the play engaging and exciting by creating dramatic tension. He does this by the way he unravells the mysteries surrounding the circumstances of Eva's death. Overtime Priestly reveals a secret about Eva, he links another character to her death. For example when Eva says her name is Mrs. Birling to Mrs. Birling's charity and she is refused help, and how revelations about Eric come to light i.e. That he is an alcoholic, a womaniser, a thief and a liar. At first Eva's death seems like an insignificant and unfortunate woman who had committed suicide. But as the conversation progresses the plot thickens, as Birling remembers who Eva was, Birling suddenly becomes defensive as he realises he could incriminate himself and as a result lose the respect of his peers and society because this could cause a scandal. ...read more.

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I think that by using soft mood lighting at the beginning of the scene at the dining table, I will be able to relax the audience, so when the tension builds I will be able to catch the audience by surprise. I believe that this play has three morals. First is that if you think you are superior to others you will end up worse off. The second moral is that a person's actions can affect others greatly. We must be careful of our own behaviour. The third moral is we are all responsible for each other. This play at first seems direct at first, a normal detective play. As the involvement of each character in the build up of Eva's suicide becomes known it becomes a Cluedo type affair, as the inspector slowly unravels the mystery. The audience is kept engaged in suspense as they too try to figure out who deserves most of the blame. They are subjected to a rollercoaster of emotions in just one act for example act 2 began with a revelation and almost climaxed at the end of the act but carries the revelation to the next act while keeping the audience in suspense. I also believe this play has many Shakespearean qualities i.e. the constant consciousness of morality - the seven deadly sins. ...read more.

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