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Amber Chawner 10P An Inspector Calls J.B Priestley, also known as John Boynton was a socialist; he first performed the 'An Inspector Calls' play in the year 1945, although the play itself was set in 1912, right before the war and as the Titanic set sail Priestly was influenced by his father's circle of socialist friends' discussions, and gained a political mind. Priestley uses different types of characters in the play to show in what he thinks are not the right way to cope with the upper and middle class ways. He uses the inspector to represent his own opinions and also mainly the voice of social conscience. Round about the year 1912, many poor people had very insecure lives. This had been caused due to the lack of welfare state. Women were affected also, the women were treated as if they couldn't speak for themselves, and had the dominant men speaking for them instead and taking control. There is an example of this happening from the play when Sheila quotes 'Oh Gerald- you've got it is it the one you wanted me to have?' Throughout the play, there was only one single setting during all three acts. This is very effective the ways this works, as tensions build and as the moods changes the personalities of the characters are more noticeable. The Birling family, the inspector and Gerald were at this grand dining table though all three acts. ...read more.


When Sheila was shown the picture of Eva, Sheila then soon realised she knew the girl and that she admits that it was her fault Eva was sacked, when Sheila had gone in to try on a dress that didn't suit her, Sheila had caught Eva smirking to another shop assistant, in Sheila's anger, Sheila had told the manager that if Eva wasn't fired, Mrs Birling would close Eva's account. Sheila felt hugely guilty at this point and felt very responsible for Eva's death. The inspector then mentions that Eva Smith had changed her name to 'Daisy Renton' At this point Gerald Croft admits that he had known this girl from meeting her at the local variety theatre which was Amber Chawner 10P Known for lots of prostitutes, and apparently rescued Daisy from unwanted attentions by a man named 'Alderman Meggarty', Gerald admitted he had an affair with this girl. The inspector then next shows the photograph to Mrs. Birling, Mrs. Birling admits that she had seen this girl two weeks ago, when the girl, who was pregnant at the time had come to ask for financial assistance from the Brumley Women's Charity Organisation. At this time, Mrs.Birling was the chair women, she persuaded the committee to turn down on Eva's appeal, Mrs. Birling believed that the father of Eva's child should cope with the responsibility; Eva had said that the father of the child's money he gave her had been stolen. ...read more.


Amber Chawner 10P The ending has a high amount of Dramatic Irony going on; the Characters find out that the inspector wasn't real and that no girl had died in the infirmary. At this final stage in the play this is the last bit of tension which is released from the characters, but then is soon restored, after the very UN inspected twist about the phone call announcing that an inspector is on his way to ask questions about the suicide of a young girl. Both Mr and Mrs Birling reacted in relief as soon as they found and heard about the hoax of the inspector, whereas Sheila and Eric reacted differently, they both seemed to have thought 'well the inspector still inspected us, and we still did all these things.' This shows that the younger generations are able to change their views and opinions, whereas older generations are in capable in doing so, they will never change; this is an example of the character 'Mr.Birling' The quote ' an inspector is on his way here and is going to ask some questions' has the ,maximum effect on Priestley's audience, as the ending of this play has a huge twist. The ending of the play involves most dramatic impact thought-out the whole of the lay. Priestley's main aim was to encourage people to take responsibility for their own actions and not to put the blame on to other people. ...read more.

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