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Choose two contrasting characters in "an Inspector Calls" examine how they deal with the inspector's accusations of their guilt - Go on to consider how J B Priestley uses the play as a vehicle of social criticism.

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An Inspector Calls Choose two contrasting characters in "an Inspector Calls" examine how they deal with the inspector's accusations of their guilt. Go on to consider how J B Priestley uses the play as a vehicle of social criticism. J B Priestleys "an Inspector Calls", written in 1945, is a well written play. It differs from other plays because the whole play is set in one setting (unity of actions) and has few characters and has no sub-plot. The main plot of the play is the death of Eva Smith and how the characters are linked to her death. J B Priestley encourages the audience to learn about responsibility and Social criticism in the performance. The characters reactions to the death of Eva Smith are important and often contrasting. The two contrasting characters that I have chosen are Mr Birling and Eric, his son. Mr Birling is the first of my contrasting characters. He is a snobbish, oaf of a man and enjoys putting down people of a lower social status. ...read more.

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He promised to take care of the baby and this results in him stealing money from the factory. This creates tension between Eric and his father. Eric is the last person interviewed by the Inspector and this is when everything begins to fall into place. The audience already knows that Eric is the father of Eva Smith's baby, which creates dramatic irony. Eric already knows that his family have figured out that he is the father of the baby "you know, don't you". Eric feels increasingly guilty "God - how stupid it all is", and Mr Birling consequently makes him feel worse by nagging him, constantly. The Inspector insists that he finishes talking to Eric, and after he has left they can sort out their differences, "Just a minute, Mr Birling. There'll be plenty of time, when I've gone, for you to adjust your family relationship. But now I must hear what your son is trying to tell me". In the play Mr Birling represents the rich, successful type. ...read more.

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I think there is little hope for the future because there are still people in the world like Mr Birling, with his point of view. There are also people who misuse their power like Mr Birling. My point of view is proven by the fact that there have been two world wars and that is still wars happening now and will happen in the future. There is still poverty in the world and will be for years to come. When also there are still people who fight over things like money, power and authority. I thought that the play was a very witty and thought provoking play. It contains many valuable points that can be used in our daily lives. The play keeps you thinking until the end when a sudden surprise is sprung on you. I thought that the inspector was actually their self-conscience, but the teacher will not tell me whether I'm right or wrong. I will close with a quote " We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are all responsible for each other". 1073 words By Duncan Paterson ...read more.

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