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Examine the dramatic impact of the inspector in 'An Inspector Calls' with reference to one other character in the play

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Examine the dramatic impact of the inspector in 'An Inspector Calls' with reference to one other character in the play The play I am studying is called "The Inspector Calls". In this essay I will assess the dramatic impact of the inspector in the play with reference to one other character in the play. "The Inspector Calls" was written in 1945 but set in 1912. This means that the audience has insight into the future. For example when Mr Birling states "The Titanic-she sails this week-forty-six thousand eight hundred tons-forty six thousand eight hundred tons- New York in five days-and every luxury-and unsinkable". In this situation the audience would be feeling rather smug because they know that the Titanic does sink. Priestly was aiming to show that everybody in the society should be responsible for their own actions instead of just thinking of themselves. He also shows that people should be treated with the same respect whoever they are. Lastly Priestly tries to make people think about their place in society and the effects of their actions. This is revealed as Priestly takes each character in turn and explains to them and the family how their actions have affected Eva Smith. ...read more.


Eric is characterised as 'half shy, half assertive'. At the beginning of the play he did not know what his parents were really like and at the end of the play he did not like their real personalities. He conveys the difference between young men and older men. This is shown when Eric does not catch onto the jokes Mr Birling and Gerald share. For example in Act one when the Inspector rings the doorbell, Gerald and Mr Birling shares a joke and Eric says, " Here what do you mean?" and when he realises it was a joke he says " Well, I don't think it's very funny." This shows the difference in age between the three and also makes Eric seem very young like he's being treated like a young child. When Eric says " Here, what...." he does not share the joke again between Mr Birling and Gerald. He attracts attention, and then suspicion, by his evident alarm at the news of the Inspectors visit. This makes the audience think that Eric could be hiding something. Eric arouses curiosity with his sudden guffaw in Act one. This may mean that Eric knows something about Gerald that the others do not because Sheila has just been scolding Gerald for not seeing her over the summer because of his work. ...read more.


He can see his own mistakes and understand why they came about. This is extremely different from when Shelia reveals his drunkenness he says, " Why you little sneak." He now has feelings for others around him and understands how his actions can change people's lives. Eric also believes that people should now be treated with the same respect as each other. I think that the truth about Eric would have come out but later than it did. This is because Eric would have felt bad stealing and had to tell his parents. Also it is extremely hard to keep such an important fact like an unborn child from your parents therefore the truth would have come out. The Inspector leads the plot and lets it flow. This makes it easier for the reader to understand. He also facilitates the plot and acts as the narrator. Priestly uses dramatic devices to keep the audience gripped to the storyline making them want to read on. He is successful in creating a moral tale. He makes the audience think about what they have done in their lives and what they could have done to prevent it from happening. It also makes the audience wonder what they would say to the Inspectors questions and how they would react. This is why I enjoyed this story and wanted to keep reading on. ...read more.

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