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An inspector calls - J.B. Priestley wrote the play in 1945.

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS J.B. Priestley wrote the play in 1945. The play is about a family 'Birlings' who were celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila and Gerald Croft whose father owns Croft limited who has been a rival of the Birlings Company Birling & Company. The Birlings and Gerald Croft were all first class Citizens who did not care for the lower classes. Suddenly there was a knock at the door, An inspector comes to confront the family about a suicide of a girl named Eva Smith who the family deny to know but actually the family do know her they have all dealt with her in some way. So therefore the family are directly in some way to blame for the girls death. The play is about social differences between the upper classes and the lower classes. The inspector was a man who went around to each of the family asking probing questions to draw information from the family by making the family feel guilty. ...read more.


He forewarns of things to come because he tells each of the characters the future he predicts things to come. The inspector is like a God like figure because he is an all seeing all knowing figure. The inspector does I feel sound like Priestley because Priestley was a socialist because he did not like business people or the rich folk of the time he thought that the rich people did not like the poor and the workers that worked for them in the factories and treated them badly and were given poor low wages and had to work long hours while the richer people got richer and the poorer people got poorer and poorer. Priestly was a socialist he was on the side of the workers. Priestly does not want one single interpretation because he wants to get the audience to think to keep them interested in the play. Inspector Goole is like a priest because the family in the play confess to him what they have all done for example Gerald admits to ...read more.


This is a reminder to the people of 1945 that all these things that happened from 1912 onwards that because of the way people were that all the disasters happened. In conclusion I think that Goole was a dramatic voice of conscience I think this because he already knows the story, he is like something in the back of the Birlings minds I think this because at the end of the story when the inspector goes Gerald calls the hospital to see about Eva Smith when he finds no one is there named Eva Smith. Then soon the telephone rings the police ring to let the Birlings know that a girl has just died and they were a police inspector was on his way round to ask some questions. There the play ends. The Birlings are resultant to realize that they all have treated good people badly because of their position in society. I think that the factor of the audience not knowing not knowing anything at all about the inspector plays an important role because it shows that he could be anything or anyone who knows what's going to happen in the future. ...read more.

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