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An Inspector Calls is set in the year 1912, which was just before World War One.

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Christopher Bromley West Hill School Centre Number 33555 Assignment TK1 Original Writing An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is set in the year 1912, which was just before World War One. In those times there was a huge difference between the rich and the poor. The Birlings are an example of the rich upper class and prove to be relatively greedy. Eva Smith represents the lower class. The play is based in the industrial city of Brumley. The whole of the play is set in the Birling's dining room; this is where at the beginning of the play they are celebrating Sheila's engagement to Gerald. Mr Birling endorses the engagement, as he is a greedy businessman. He thinks of the engagement as a business opportunity. He thinks that the marriage would result in the alliance of Crofts Limited and Birling and Company, an opportunity to gain commercial advantage. The play is about the actions that the Birlings had performed without considering the consequences, the actions affected Eva Smith and she committed suicide. The inspector calls to inform the Birlings of these consequences If I were directing the play, the actor playing the inspector would have to be plainly dressed, in grey and white. As stated in the play, the inspector is a man in his fifties. ...read more.

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The subject of Eva Smith is sad enough without the inspector's final speech to boot. The stage direction states that he looks at each of them in turn when pronouncing his speech, but different directors have different ways of interpretations of this action. In a television version on the play produced by the BBC, the inspector points at each of them in turn. The inspector's final speech is a direct contradiction to the speech made by Arthur Birling at the beginning of the play. Arthur Birling says: "A man has to make his own way - has to look after himself and his family too." But at the end of the inspection, the inspector's concluding speech states: "We don't live alone. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you the time will come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night." Although this speech (ironically) contradicts what Arthur Birling said. This speech is also very ironic, as World War One happened not long after the play was set, "fire and blood and anguish" is the phrase referring to the war. This is also contradictory to what Arthur Birling says, with his visions of life in the 1940s (World War Two). ...read more.

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I think it gives a message to say that your actions affect others, and you must consider what these actions will do to others. Not only that, but also these actions can lead to a chain effect. With the Birlings, this chain effect was carried through them all and eventually drove Eva Smith to her suicide. I think that it was the inspector's duty to inform them of this and to teach them a lesson, especially Eric. In writing this essay, I have realised how well written this play really is and now appreciate it more. It delivers a message to the reader. It also gives the reader a great insight into what the upper class people where living like in 1912. How selfish they were. It also gives an insight into the poorer lower working class, and how there lives where, in most cases, influenced negatively by the upper class. It is also a great play as it makes the readers think about it, and figure out a suitable ending for themselves. My opinion of the inspector is of a ghost sent to teach the Birlings a lesson, and warn them about what was about to happen so that they knew what to expect. I think that he is clever at performing his job, as he gains information and evidence without running into any problems coolly and quickly. ...read more.

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