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In this project I am going to discuss how 'An Inspector Calls' relates to it's social, cultural and historical context and how this may affect interpretations of the play.

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An Inspector Calls By Samantha Bowman In this project I am going to discuss how 'An Inspector Calls' relates to it's social, cultural and historical context and how this may affect interpretations of the play. 'An Inspector Calls' is a play by John Boynton Priestly, born in Bradford in 1894. The play was set in Brumley a made up town in the North Midlands in 1912, but was not written and shown until after World War II in 1946. The significance of this is that the audience will be watching a play that was set in 1912 and listening to all the things that Birling is saying that won't happen in the future, like the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The first and second World Wars. There was the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the General Strike of 26' so they know he is just a pompous and self- opinionated man who thinks he is always right, but obviously isn't. The play opens with the announcement of the engagement between Sheila Birling, daughter of Arthur Birling and Gerald Croft, heir to Croft's Limited. They are all sitting around the dining table. ...read more.

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and obviously he is not amused because he has found out for the first time that he was not in charge of events that happen around him and his family. He doesn't like the thought of a stranger coming into his house and telling him what to do and telling him things he doesn't agree with. The reason he doesn't like this is because everything that the Inspector is saying to him is making him look like a fool because Birling was saying exactly the opposite. So I don't think he will change his attitude as such, and if he does it will be for short period only because I don't think a man like him could ever change, as he sees no reason to. Sheila Birling at the beginning comes over as a bit of a snobby little rich girl, who relies on her daddy for everything. I don't think at the first she comes across as very nice person, just like her father, you might say, but as the play gets deeper and deeper into the investigation, we realise she, unlike the others (apart from Eric) is likely to change. ...read more.

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I think that the play was very interesting. I enjoyed trying to work out who was responsible for each thing that happened to Eva during her life, and I enjoyed trying to unravel mysteries. I think Priestly did do what he set out to do and did it successfully. I think this is because I think he set out to teach everyone of how people are, or were, and people should learn to live together and get on. I think he does this the best in the Inspector's speech. He wants people to know bad things can get for some people and when they do, there should always be someone there who cares, not matter what class you are. I also think he concentrated on his own life. I think that is what the play is about, they way he talks about all the different events. Priestly will be writing about what he has been through and how he has had to work together with others and not just think about himself, and wants people to realise this and to do something about it. I really enjoyed the play because I love mysteries and I enjoyed reading the part of Sheila. ...read more.

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