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An Inspector Calls - the moral of the play.

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An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is written by John Priestly. The story takes place in 1912,in Brumley just before the First World War, industrial city in the north midlands. It was first preformed in 1945. In the play, there is a lot of dramatic irony. This is when the audience knows something that the characters do not. For example, Arthur Birling says that the Titanic will never sink and that World War 1 will never happen but they both did. This suggests that Arthur Birling is likely to have strong views that may well prove to be wrong. When the play opens, the Birling family is celebrating the engagement of Sheila and Gerald Croft in the dining room. Sheila and Eric are arguing in a not so serious way, while Gerald and Mr. Birling are talking about business and Lady Croft's attitude of social classes. It appears as if she isn't too happy about the fact that her son is engaged to a girl of a lower class. Arthur hopes that the marriage will help his business. His ambitions become apparent when he tells Gerald that he might be in line for a knighthood. Just before the inspector arrives Mr. ...read more.


At the beginning of the play the mood in the dining room is very happy because they are celebrating the engagement. They are obviously a bit tipsy because Sheila says to Eric "your sqwiffy" meaning that he had drunk a bit too much. But this is soon to change when the inspector calls because it leaves the family feeling guilty the growing feeling effect of the evenings events on the Birling family on a whole: they start to feel involved and start arguing among themselves they feel bitter. My first impressions of the Birlings are that they are a rich family and quite stuck up they sometimes act as if none of them could do anything wrong and they are sometimes jealous of other people who have better looks than them we witness this sort of jalousie during the play. Because they have many privileges such as money, big house, servants then they should act in a responsible way towards those less fortunate than themselves. Arthur Birling comes across as a kind of arrogant, pompus and dismissive person. He is a prosperous factory owner, his first priority is to make money and get power! He strongly believes that "a man has to make his own way" and he is looking forward to receiving a knighthood. ...read more.


Priestlys aim was to make the upper classes accept privilege and it also brought responsibility. He is successful by making each of the characters change their views after the inspector leaves. They relaxed when they thought that the inspector was fake they think that they are off the hook and carry on drinking but Eric is still feeling guilty about Eva Smith. Because they thought that the inspector wasn't real they say that they thought something funny was going on and it's "anything but a joke". Then the police ring and say that a girl has been brought into the infirmary after drinking a bottle of disinfectant an officer will be over shortly to ask some questions. At this point, we are left to think what the inspector really was this is what I think. Inspector Goole - Goole = Giest- spirit in death. Is not a real inspector, more something like god because he makes them all feel guilty. His manners are quite extraordinary, rude assertive. One of the main reasons to visit the Birling family is to make them realize, what responsibilities they have and their behavior has an influence on others. The moral of the play is that we are all members of one body, we are responsible for each other. ...read more.

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