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An Inspector Calls shows how the rich and people in power and authority seek to avoid facing the consequences of their actions. How true is this for the main characters in the play?

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An Inspector Calls shows how the rich and people in power and authority seek to avoid facing the consequences of their actions. How true is this for the main characters in the play? In this essay I am going to write about how the rich and powerful abuse their positions, and avoid the consequences of their actions. The play was set in 1912 (but written in 1945) just before the First World War. It was set in a mythical town in the midlands named Brumly. I will be analysing what Priestley�s main aim is and has he achieved it. I will be looking at the characters and how they link up with Priestley�s aim and why. The main themes of the play, who it is aimed at directly and indirectly and the Inspector's last speech and exit will also be discussed. I will also be looking at the contrast between Mr. Birling and the Inspector, as they are, by far, the most contrasting characters. J.B. Priestly wrote the to educate society of social justice. I believe he felt irritated that the people in power can abuse their position and look down on people of lower classes. I think that he uses the play to get a message across to people from all walks of life, to show people do matter, what ever their class and financial status, that everyone is equal. ...read more.

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Sheila was jealous of Eva looking good in the dress she had wanted so had got her the sack. That was the last stable job Eva ever had. Gerald was caught out when the inspector said that Eva had changed her name to Daisy Renton, so he let his confidences slip about knowing her. Sheila picks up on this and tells Eric to take the inspector to the drawing room well she talks to Gerald. He the admits that while he told Sheila he was working over the summer, really he was seeing Eva, or daisy as she had called her self, but "it was all over and done with last summer. I haven't set eyes on her for the last six months." And then also so says " So-for Gods sake, don't say anything to the inspector" to which Sheila reply's "why-you fool-he knows. Of course he knows." Gerald had been having an affair with Eva, or daisy, as he knew her as. He doesn't want to confess to it in front of the Inspector and rest of the family, but Sheila has had a lot better measure of the Inspector and she knows that he knows all about it. Mrs Birling then came in and was building up a wall so she was nothing to with the girl and the Sheila butts in with "you mustn't build up the wall between us and the girl. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Inspector then shows sight into the future when he says "if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in Fire and Blood and Anguish" The Inspector is threatening that if people don't learn then there will be war, but he also likens this to hell. This is the point where he really gets worked up. He then leaves with a "good-night." But there is finality in the tone of his voice. This speech is aimed directly at the Birlings and Gerald, but is also, indirectly aimed, at society, the whole world and how people will choose to run it. Though this was written years ago, we can all still learn that we all need to help to look after each other, take for instance, Africa, the people there are really poor and we can help them, as the speech says we are linked to them. Sheila seems the most affected but Eric was also changed. Mr and Mrs Birling don't accept responsibility or face the consequences. Sheila and Eric do accept their responsibility and also face the consequence to a point. Sheila stands on her own to feet by having a go at her parents saying "if you really must know, its you who are being childish-trying not to face the facts." Eric also has something to say they have realised that he wasn't a police Inspector but Eric points out that "he was our police Inspector all right." Meaning that he inspected the family and TRIED to make them see the error of there ways. Rebecca Stratton 10JW 08/05/2007 - 1 - ...read more.

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