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How far does 'An Inspector Calls fit into the genre of detective fiction.

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How far does 'An Inspector Calls fit into the genre of detective fiction 'An Inspector Calls' is a detective fiction until it changes in the later stages of the novel in Act three where it suffers a twist. The novel is a murder inquiry about a young girl named Eva Smith who apparently drank some disinfectant and died. An inspector who was investigating the matter believed the girl committed suicide but does not know what caused the young girl to such a death. 'An Inspector Calls' is not entirely a detective fiction as towards the end there is a sense of supernatural cause in Act three where the storyline takes a twist, it is supernatural because the play ends at the beginning meaning the play never really ends. ...read more.


Arthur Birling gave Eva the sack after she asked for a pay rise of twenty-five shillings instead of twenty-two. The novel loses its detective fiction when the audiences realises the rude inspector is a hoax and therefore believe the play is a mystery. Because the audience has found the truth the whole play has a twist. Because of this twist play has now put the audience in suspense, as the audience knows so much about the family and how they have been involved with Eva Smith. The novel also loses its detective fiction because the inspector seems to know too much about the Birlings and their involvement with Eva Smith, this is where the audience begins to wonder why he knows so much before he asks questions. ...read more.


Climax is used as the main source of tension because when the inspector is revealed as a hoax this is the climax of the novel creating tension towards the audience. The revelation of the inspector is the climax because there was so much built up and when the inspector is revealed it hits you and the novel fits into place and the audience begins to get the message. As the novel goes on the audience see a different picture and what message is being sent to viewers that people should not be so prejudice. People from different backgrounds should not be treated different and should be treated the way a human would want to be treated. ...read more.

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