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Compare and contrast two characters from the play "An Inspector Calls". Explain how Priestly uses them to show the different ideas and values of the older and younger generations.

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  • Submitted: 02/09/2003
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GCSE J.B. Priestley

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An Inspector Calls essay

Compare and contrast two characters from the play "An Inspector Calls". Explain how Priestly uses them to show the different ideas and values of the older and younger generations.

In the play 'An Inspector Calls' a young girl called Eva Smith commits suicide by drinking disinfectant and we see the reaction of the Birling family when they find out they all had a part in her death. The older and younger generations react differently to Eva Smiths death.

Priestly wrote the play 'An Inspector Calls' in winter 1944-1945. The play was set in spring 1912 and it was first performed in 1946, in London.

'An Inspector Calls' was a well made play because their was a progression of ignorance to knowledge both characters and audience.

I am comparing Sybil Birling and Shelia Birling, Sybil Birling is part of the older generation and Shelia is part of the younger generation. Shelia is warm hearted and affectionate. Shelia will take blame for what she has done. Sybil is "cold" and snobbish. She is also prejudiced and doesn't like change. She will not take blame for Eva Smiths death.

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