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An Inspector Calls; The message Of The Play.

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An Inspector Calls; The message Of The Play Before World Wars 1,2 there was no NHS or social security, society's views on responsibility and rights were very different. The upper and middle classes, who had all the power, thought that everyman had to look after himself and maybe his family and no one else: `A man has to make his own way, has to look after his family. ` Arthur Birling J.B. Priestly wrote this play to show people that they should take responsibility for others. The storyline is that a girl called Eva Smith, died on her way to the infirmary after swallowing a lethal dose of disinfectant. An inspector Goole calls at the Birling house in which everyone unknowingly had made a contribution to her death. ...read more.


Also he said he wanted to ask the Birling family some questions but he clearly already knew the answers. Anther weird thing was that he was dressed in 1940`s clothing when the play was set in the 1910`s. the most obvious `odd` thing was when he suddenly disappeared at the end of the play. There are many theories as to who the `inspector` really was, some say he was a time traveller because in the film version he was always looking at his watch, some people think he was Eva's unborn child, and some even thought he was Priestly himself as the inspector shares Priestly `s morals and values. The older members of the Birling family do not have a good reaction to the inspector, they do not want to tell him anything because they know that it would damage their `reputations`. ...read more.


Overall the naturalistic film and the symbolic play have very different ways of getting the message over like; in the play while the `inspector` questions the family, the house slowly opens up which symbolises the family opening up to the `inspector`, whereas the film is more spooky and concentrates more on the `inspector`, than the Birling family. I think that the naturalistic film gave the message across better than the play because the play was unclear in parts and there was too much going on at the same time to notice everything. I think that the message that the play carries would not be as effective know as it was when it was first written but there is still some significance to it. ...read more.

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