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An Inspector Calls - Review.

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Introduction

An Inspector Calls The play 'An Inspector Calls' was set in 1912 before World War I. The time period was called the Edwardian times because King Edward was on the throne. In this time women did not have any significance in society because the laws said that women were the property of their husbands and could not own property or money. Middle class women did not have jobs. Instead they did charity work, which followed the stereotype of women being the cultivators of society. Lower class women, on the other hand, had to go to work. The suffragette movement was the action taken by women to fight for women's rights in that era. The play was first performed in 1945 when World War II had just come to an end. During this time, plenty of women of different classes had to go out to work, in order to help their country. This experience gave women a kind of freedom, which they all enjoyed; this changed the status of women in society. The character Sheila Birling is a middle class woman in her early twenties. In the opening notes, Priestly describes her as "a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited". The impression of her is young and na�ve: "Oh - Gerald - you've got it - is it the one you wanted me to have?" when she says this, it gives us, the audience, the impression that she likes things to be done for her like a child. ...read more.

Middle

Priestly feels positive towards this character and shows us her transformation from naivety to maturity. Sheila plays two key roles in this play one to show us that the younger generation are open to change and secondly, to help the inspector to expose her family's hypocrisy. Priestly hopes that the audience will learn from Sheila and relate to her. I believe she is sorry for her actions because I think she has the most compassion for Eva in the play. "The worst part is [over]. But you're forgetting the one thing I still can't forget". Prior to the inspector's arrival the family are enjoying dinner. Mrs Birling's role in that family is to scold and correct, she is a domineering person. She scolds her husband for complimenting the food (which is the role of the guest), "Arthur, you're not supposed to say such things" and this shows us that she has the most power in class. Mrs Birling's views on a woman's role in a marriage are traditional; she accepts the role of being the submissive, accepting wife. She believes in the concept that the woman should be left at home and not question their husbands. She tries to enforce this rule on Sheila by saying, "When you're married you'll realise that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business". This gives us a negative impression of her values, which are traditional; she is set in her ways. ...read more.

Conclusion

Said I didn't love her and all that", it shows us that she is not like Mrs Birling, and understands the true meaning of marriage. Priestly uses this to show the audience that though this woman was poor, she had moral values, saying that you don't have to have to be rich to be honourable, unlike Mrs Birling who seems to be less morale, yet very rich. Priestly feels very positive towards this character and puts her in a good light all through the play. Eva is a key factor in the play; she represents the working class, the underdog, and Priestly uses her to expose the idea that you do not have to be rich to have moral values. An audience will react to Eva positively and with her story in mind they would have a different view towards life. For the character Sybil Birling I feel very negative towards, throughout the play she has showed no remorse for what she did until she heard she had killed her own grandchild "I didn't understand" but that again was forgotten when she discovers that the inspector is not a real inspector. The character Eva Smith I feel great sympathy and respect towards this character, though her life was going through terrible times she managed to hold on to her self-respect and dignity. And Priestly constantly portrays as a strong willed character with moral values through out the play. He is trying to make the audience see that you do not have to be rich to have moral values. An Inspector Calls 1 By Krystal Jumbo 10W ...read more.

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