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An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestly in 1945.

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Philip Matthews An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestly in 1945. John Boynton Priestly was born in Bradford on the 13th of September 1884. The play is set in the spring of 1912 in the Birlings house in Brumley in the North Midlands; the whole play takes place in one evening. An inspector calls begins with the a celebration for the engagement of the rich and upper class business man called Gerald and his soon to be wife, Sheila the son of Arthur Birling who owns Birling and Co, which is a rival company to Gerald's fathers company entitled Crofts Limited. The atmosphere starts very happy and lively and Arthur Birling is delivering one of his long speeches where he is more talking about how happy he is because the engagement could lead to Crofts Limited and Birling and Co joining. ...read more.


When Gerald was being questioned, the truth was brought out of him by Sheila, "Well Gerald?" Mr Birling refers to Eva Smith as "the wretched girl" possibly implying she was no use to the world anyway so what does it matter if she's dead? Mr Birling is indeed an upper class person, however he is 'new' money, so he has not long been rich, and he feels that his high status and his powerfulness allows him to look down on lower class people such as Eva Smith. When the inspector leaves the family are worried about what will happen until they find he wasn't a real inspector, where Mr Birling goes back to how things were at the start before the inspector arrived with a cool head, feeling quite satisfied that there is no need to worry now, but Sheila and Eric who are the two youngest remind him Eva is dead. ...read more.


Perhaps Inspector Goole was a warning for them and was trying to help, but Arthur Birling was to self centred and selfish to realise it. The atmosphere changes throughout the play, whenever the inspector is present the atmosphere is tense and unfriendly, but before he arrived it was a happy and warm atmosphere after he leaves it wasn't as tense but wasn't like the beginning, despite how much Arthur wanted it to be. Eric and Sheila are the only ones who take responsibility for their actions and accepted they were partly to blame, for example when Eric said 'I'd have let her stay' and when Sheila said 'And if I could help her now' But Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald, try to sweep it under the mat and forget about it as soon as they find Inspector Goole was not a real inspector. ...read more.

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