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An Inspector calls - short summary

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Inspector calls An inspector calls is a detective play and has a detective plot. It is also a morality play, which means that it has a sort of moral at the end, a meaning, something to learn. J.B. Priestly set his play in 1912 however it was first performed in 1946 to a middle class audience. When the curtain first rises the audience get their first view of the four Birlings and Gerald croft seated at the table, with Arthur Birling at one end, his wife at the other, Eric downstage and Sheila and Gerald seated upstage. My first impression of the birlings would be that they were wealthy and liked being together as a family. The lighting was pink and intimate to make the mood look calm and all the characters were in evening dress of the period; the men in tails and white ties, not dinner jackets. This also gives the impression that the Birlings and Gerald had something to celebrate, because of their clothing. The two characters I have chose to look into more detail on are Mr. ...read more.


He was also one of a few who decided to forget everything when they had come to a decision that the inspector was a fake. Unlike his son Eric who actually still felt guilty and ashamed after confessing all those things even to an impostor. Eric had admitted to stealing money from his father and immediately after they sussed out the inspector was a fraud Mr. Birling demanded he pay it back. All Mr. Birling cared about was his money his integrity and honour and his superior class over others. His higher classing was the most important to him though; because his daughter was going to marry and top class man who's parents were lords, so while he was talking gibberish at the table in the beginning of the play he did mention that he was going to be knighted. Mr. Birling showed no care for Eva smith and tried to forget the whole thing after the inspector had left. He fired her for trying to take more of his money away from him and give ideas to other servants in the house I.e. ...read more.


In the end of the play they have found out they have been fooled twice when they discover there is no inspector Goole working for the police station and secondly when they get the phone call saying that a young girl has committed suicide by dinking disinfectant and the police are sending an inspector over to ask them questions. J.B. Priestly wanted to leave it like that, a shocking mystery, 'who's the inspector?' He has cleverly written this play and it is still shown in theatres in London to this day. Now like I said in the beginning this play was a morality play, and the moral of the play was in the inspector's final speech. "But just remember this. One Eva smith has gone- but there are millions and millions and 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 intertwines with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night" ...read more.

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