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"How does J.B Priestley use the stage set to criticise the respectable veneer of the Birling Family?"

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"How does J.B Priestley use the stage set to criticise the respectable veneer of the Birling Family?" The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written in 1944 and was set in 1912. It was written by J.B Priestley, who was born in Bradford. He was a socialist and this is shown throughout the play. In 1912 The Titanic sunk. 'An Inspector Calls' is an analogy for the sinking of the titanic. The Birling family represents the ship, they are grand and robust on the outside but weak and dysfunctional on the inside. The inspector represents the iceberg he is small on the outside but strong and powerful on the inside. The play is set in one room-the Birling's dining room. ...read more.

Middle

Birling's factory. Envy because Sheila envied the appearance of Eva Sheila envied her so much that she even got her sacked. Anger because they all get angry at one point in the play. They mostly got angry towards the inspector. Lust because Eric and Gerald both had sexual relations with Eva at one stage of the play. Gluttony because they all went past their limits of natural pleasures. Sloth because they are all laid back at the beginning of the play and all rely on the maid-Edna! All action takes place in the Birling's dining room, which is described as 'substantial' and heavily comfortable, but not cosy and homelike. There relationships are not cosy and tensions lurk within them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Place because the whole play is set in one room. Actions because they repeat the same thing over again. Mr. Birling is pompous, arrogant and supercilious. "You ruined everything" he says. This shows that he is selfish and he blames other people for his mistakes. Mr. Birling is very friendly at the beginning of the play and towards the end he starts getting uptight and nervous. The Birling family are quite different to Eva Smith in the way that they are of different class and they both live in different conditions. The Birling Family has not learnt anything from there experience because in the last speech the telephone rings and the same thing happens over. I think that this time it is a real inspector not a fake one like inspector Goole! ...read more.

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