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The story "An Inspector Calls" was written by J.B. Priestley and was first performed in 1945, however, the play is set in 1912 before World War 1. This allows the author to be able to take advantage of the time, as a lot of misconceptions occurred throughout this era. The story "An Inspector Calls" puts us as a fly on the wall within the Birling household on a night of celebration, the celebration of the engagement of Sheila Birling with Gerald Croft. Both Sheila and Gerald are siblings of rich businessmen, however the Croft's are slightly ahead of the Birling's in the class position, and Arthur sees this as a chance to step up the ladder of society. During the occasion an Inspector Goole enters the play, he disrupts the Birling's celebration on the grounds that he is investigating the death of a young girl whom committed suicide. He questions each of the characters in a "person by person" manner, the way "he" likes it, much to Arthur Birling's dislike as he likes to be "in control" of most situations. During the play the Inspector finds links between the family members and the girl. These being that Mr. Birling fired her from a mill he runs as she requested a pay rise, Sheila had her fired from a store she was working in, Mrs. ...read more.


However, J.B. Priestley may not have acknowledged this at the time. The character that is Arthur Birling is the opposite of the opinion of J.B. Priestley. Arthur's ideas and philosophies are that "a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own". Arthur is perceived to be a horrible man, conscious only about his family's reputation and not necessarily their well being. J.B. Priestley as mentioned before took advantage of his situation while writing this play, he had the power to know what was going to happen before it had happened (To the play's perception). He added dramatic irony into the play. He also used it to make a fool out of Mr. Birling with, perhaps just from stereotypical aspect, but maybe J.B. Priestley knows a person quite like Mr. Birling? He uses dramatic irony with great effect and even manages to make slight humour out of a tragedy. Mr. Birling spoke "Nobody wants war" - "Everything to lose and nothing to gain by war", when the audience knows a while later two world wars were to occur. Arthur Birling also quotes the Titanic, saying that it's unsinkable. The Titanic, again a while later, sunk after hitting an iceberg. The basis of whether or not "An Inspector Calls" is a morality play is a shady area compared to the detective story aspects of the play. ...read more.


and Mrs. Birling are delighted, no more troubles for them now; it was all a hoax, some silly joke. Then it is found out that Daisy Renton hasn't died, well, at least nobody knows of her. However Eric and Sheila realize that it wasn't all a hoax "Everything we said had happened really had happened". Then a while later after some more arguing, it is found out that a young girl has committed suicide and an inspector is being sent round to investigate. This leaves an eerie end to the play and a possible lead to another moral, will the Birling's tell the truth or will they lie? I believe that "An Inspector Calls" is a detective story as well as a morality play. The story is well written, has a plot, has all the necessary ingredients for a detective story and is completely untrue. It is impossible for this course of events to take place in real life. However, there are many morals within the play. Some hidden some obvious, but they are there. It has an explainable moral. I believe that these factors warrant it being a morality play as well. So yes, I believe that "An Inspector Calls" is both a detective story and a morality play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Is "An Inspector Calls" a detective story, a morality play or both? Samuel Keates ...read more.

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