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'An Inspector Calls' How does the author of 'An Inspector Calls' create the inspector's character to have 'Massiveness purposefulness and Solidity. 'An Inspector Calls' was a play written by JB Priestly in 1945 - which was just after the Second World War ended. Priestly uses this date to relate back to his past experience of fighting during the war and also to reflect his messages in 1912- which is when the play is set. 1912 was a time of relative innocence and no major conflicts. However 'The Edwardian age' period - which was just before WW1 - was a time of restricted social mobility and left over values from the Victorian period. During my essay I will focus on the 'Inspector's' central act, appearance, attitude and atmospheric surroundings whilst he is with others. Also, his power to manipulate particular events into an unusual conclusion. The other subject I will be focusing on is the overwhelming themes, such as; innocence, learning, socialism and change of attitude in particular characters. 'An Inspector Calls' is about a typical upper class family who are celebrating Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft's engagement at the Birling manor. But, what they don't know is that an unexpected guest is about to come and erase any sense of innocence that the Birling family have. A suicidal murder has taken place by a young girl named Eva Smith. She had deliberately drunk a bottle of disinfectant, which thoroughly burnt her insides. ...read more.


Nobody wants war, except some half - civilized folks at the Balkans. And why? There's too much at stake these days, everything to lose and nothing to gain by war." This is a part of dramatic irony that Mr. Birling uses in his speech to the happy couple at the end of page 6. As we all know two wars did break out and Mr. Birling's character is one that thinks he knows all and no correction is needed. But this sense of Dramatic Irony creates a big effect - this shows that the families back in the 1912 were subliminal to their surroundings. Another sense of dramatic irony is when Mr. Birling talks about the Titanic on page 7. - "The Titanic - she sails next week - forty six thousand eight hundred tons - forty six thousand eight hundred tons - New York in five days - and every luxury - and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable." This quote that Mr. Birling uses proves my opinion of him being totally unaware of his social surroundings. There are many other key moments that take place in the play. For example - near the ending of act 1 - when the 'Inspector' introduces the photograph of Eva Smith, he only shows it to Sheila and refuses to produce it to the other members of the Birling family. This shows that the 'Inspector' is in control once again and is purposeful. (The Inspector puts the photograph back into his pocket and stares after her. ...read more.


Whilst this behaviour is going on, the 'Inspector' behaves in a high manor. - "And my trouble is - that I haven't got much time. You can divide your responsibilities when I'm gone." As you can see, the 'Inspector's' control is shown and his higher standard can be seen to. He just wants to get through this problem immediately with a quick flow. The main key moment in act 3 is where the 'Inspector' gives his final speech. This creates a massive effect on the Birling family and teaches them all a lesson. "But remember this. One Eva Smith has gone - but there are still millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us. With there lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire, blood and anguish. Good night." - This final speech shows a meaning to the Birling family and also the audience. This speech shows that a lesson is needed from others. As you can see, the 'Inspector's' character proves to be filled with "massiveness, Solidity and purposefulness". Throughout the play his character is built up with his stance, speech and actions. I have successfully produced an essay which supports my view of him being in total control throughout the play and him being very powerful in many ways. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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