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Show how a production of "An Inspector Calls" could Help the audience understand The purpose of the inspectors Visit. The play "An Inspector Calls" written by J.B Priestley is set in 1912. There are a few things that support this, that are heard in the first part of the play. "The titanic-she sails next week" "All these capital versus Labour" "These silly little war scores" All of these events happened just before 1912 and so we know that the play is set just before 1912. The Birlings are an upper class family with a high social position which can be seen by the fact that Mrs Birling doesn't have to work and they have servants and maids to do house work for them. There high social position can also be seen because Mr Birling being a magistrate and is still on the bench. At this time the Birlings are in a great, and very happy mood. They are all looking forward to the wedding of their daughter and Gerald. They are all drinking port and are celebrating a special occasion with a large meal that has been set out for them by the maids. This is also another indication that the Birlings are a well off family. The inspector's arrival changes the atmosphere a lot and turns the room into a hostile place. Mr Birling is very surprised to see an inspector and thinks that it is something to do with Mr Birling being a magistrate. The inspector interrupts Mr Birling taking to Gerald and Eric. Mr Birling is telling the two men how to look after themselves, and that's the most important thing. ...read more.


The inspector asks Gerald to stay out of the inspectors business with Mr Birling, but Mr Birling sees this as unnecessary and becomes impatient with the inspector. Although Mr Birling seems to be calm you can see that he is losing faith and trust with the inspector, when the inspector asks why Mr Birling refused to increase Eva Smith's wages. During the business between the inspector and Mr Birling I think that they should both stand at each end of the table to show each other their importance. The inspector should stand up right and still, with a slow clear tone of voice. The only gesture that the inspector should make is a few shakes of his head at Mr Birling. I don't think at this point any special lighting effects or music should be used, as the confrontation between the inspector and Mr Birling is enough to keep the audience entertained. When the inspectors interviewing Sheila the inspector should stand with his head held high and his hands behind his back. This will show that he doesn't feel sorry for her. Sheila acts very emotional and upset over what has happened, where as the inspector remains to acts as calm as ever. I do think that some sort of lighting should be used, but not any music. The lighting should black out everybody and leave Sheila under the spotlight feeling upset for what has happened. Another clue that inspector Goole is not really an police inspector is the fact that he hasn't really come to find out facts, as he already knows some of them. ...read more.


The treatment of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton could be associated with fire, blood and anguish that the inspector said. The fire, blood and anguish is a reference to war, and the fact that people still haven't leant to look after everybody and care for one another. This can be associated with Eva Smith/Daisy Renton, as the Birlings haven't leant this yet. Eva Smith/Daisy Renton was quite clearly hurt a lot during her life and obviously had many things go wrong. The most important role in the play is obviously that of the inspectors. He doesn't actually get involved into the family, and doesn't give them much of his own evidence. He waits for the Birlings to tell him what he needs to know. Therefore the inspector could be described as a catalyst that triggers responses without getting involved. I see the inspector as a teacher of life, and the rules of life. He teaches the Birlings a very important rule in life, which up to then they has ignored. J.B Priestly was an idealistic socialist who believed very strongly about what he thought. His views are reflected in the theme of "An Inspector Calls". He had views that everybody should get a fair deal, and the world should be a better place, where everybody looks after one another. J.B Priestly also got his point across in many more of his plays and books. "An Inspector Calls" is definitely not a detective thriller such as a Sherlock Holmes story. In the "An Inspector Calls" there is a very important lesson to be learnt, that was obviously one of J.B Priestly own views. The message that the audience is trying to be taught is to look after everybody else and do to others as you wish to be done by. ...read more.

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