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Is an Inspector Calls a successful modern day morality play?

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Inspector Calls Essay I think that Inspector Calls is indeed a successful modern day morality play. This is because it relates to the old traditional morality plays and teaches the audience something at the same time, teaches them a moral. It teaches them something very factual and true, something about themselves and the society they live in. This play can be linked very closely to the seven sins. This is because each of the characters apart from the inspector can be linked with 1 of the seven sins, and can show how they did something in their own way. The inspector tries to make them all share responsibility in letting them know that they have all contributed towards her death. "But each of you helped to kill her". These are the inspector's words shortly before leaving the Birling's house. The Birling's and Gerald Croft can relate to real life people quite easily, because generally, a lot of people think as they did. Another point that shows the plays success, is the way that it is easy for the audience to look at what they're doing wrong, and relate that to themselves or the society they live in, and thus teaches them of there mistakes of which they are oblivious to. The play is Preistly's way of teaching the audience. ...read more.

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She wasn't upper class, and in this era, anyone that wasn't upper class was instantly labelled as lower class. Sheila had got Eva sacked from this job for smiling at her in a way that she found offensive. It was whilst Sheila was trying on a dress, that she clearly knew wasn't right for her, but she really liked the dress. When Sheila was trying on the dress Eva smiled at her, and from this Sheila assumed it was a smile as if to say, "I would look great in that dress, but you obviously don't". This was not the case, but still Sheila too it upon herself to get Eva sacked once again. Upon hearing this, Sheila immediately wants to take on the blame herself and feels responsible. Sheila is not solely to blame, in fact, she did very little but even after learning that there was no Eva Smith she still continues to feel guilty for her actions, as they are immoral and wrong. Gerald's involvement with Eva, or Daisy Renton as she is now known, started off very honourably. He offers Daisy a flat to live in after seeing her in a bar being pestered by drunks. He gave her all that she needed at this point, food, money, a place to stay, and friendship, something which she needed greatly at this point. ...read more.

Conclusion

When they find out there is no one dead, the males are relived, but this is not because they felt guilty because they thought they had killed someone, this is because they are relieved that they have avoided a scandal. Arthur says, "The whole story's just a load of moonshine". Arthur feels overjoyed to be put in the position to say this. When the inspector left Sybil and Arthur all tried to blame each other, once again, taking the blame of their shoulders, They have an "I'm all' right jack" attitude once again. As long as they are personally ok, then no one else matters, pure selfishness. We now know that the lesson will have to be learnt again with the real investigation but what is left on our minds is the question, have they learnt from their mistakes? Eric and Sheila however, have both learnt from their immorality and mistakes. Overall to me, this is a successful morality play. I have personally learnt from it, I have gained extra knowledge of life's happenings in the Edwardian era, and I have learnt how people can be quick to pass the blame as long as they are OK. This play has left me thinking about selfishness, and working with others in a community instead of only thinking about yourself. I think that this proves the play to be a good one because it has left me thinking these things, and has taught me. ...read more.

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