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Is an Inspector Calls an example of a well-made play?

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Is an Inspector Calls an example of a well-made play? An inspector Calls is regarded by many as a very well made play. But I will see whether that is actually true given the information I have. A.E. Scribe, (Augustine Eugine) set out to find out what made a well-made play. He wrote himself, over 300 plays. Most of the he devised from the Greek plays that he had read. All of his plats were written following these seven points, they were all successful, so they appeared to work. Another version of a great play came from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher. His idea was also popular and was the main back round for Scribes idea. He believed in the Greek unities, time, space and action. It should be set in real time; all the action should take place on one scene, and to only have one story line running through. This was also known as realism. The seven points that A. E. Scribe believe to be the ingredients for a well-made play are Exposition-The opening, Entrances and exits, the 'Obligatory scene', when a secret is revealed, the climatic curtain- to add suspense, mistaken identity, plot - meaning that there must only be one plot and that it must not branch off, and finally the denouement, a conclusion, the ending, the characters show how they have reacted to the event and how they have changed in comparison. I will be weighing these up with the play to see if 'An Inspector Calls is truly an example of a well-made play. The exposition is at the start of a play. The Exposition is when you find out about the characters before the main action has happened, what their lives were like before. It subtily leads you in the action. It also shows contrast to what they are like before and after. The opening is set in a dining room of a rich family, they are sitting down to dinner and the conversation is light and friendly. ...read more.

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She was envious of her as she looked pretty, and the dress that she wanted which looked really unflattering on her when held against Eva Smith suited. She exaggerated Eva's looks as offense that she counted as grounds to get her fired. This shows that although she was a lower glass girl Sheila was still jealous, I think this is the point that Priestly was trying to get across. After this it was time to find out about Gerald, last summer he had an affair with Daisy Renton. Sheila is obviously upset about this but yet it doesn't stop her from having the want to find out all about it. Gerald doesn't want to tell the inspector at first. We also found out that Daisy Renton had turned to prostitution but Gerald stopped this by giving her a place to live and money that would keep her alive even though she wouldn't take much. He gave her to live in the rooms that his friend lent to him to look after whilst he was in Canada. The next person that we find out has being hiding something is Mrs. Birling. We find out that she runs a charity for women with problems, this isn't the secret, but the fact that she turned down a woman that is pregnant with an outside of wedlock, with the father trying to give her what she suspects to be stolen money. She has no money of her own and she doesn't want to take her money as she finds it morally wrong to be in the possession of stolen money. We also find out that Mrs. Birling is even more of a snob that previously expected as she refuses help to probably a women in a situation in most need of help. Eric has many secrets that haven't been let out before now. We learn he is a drunk and regally picks up prostitutes from the Palace and impregnated Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. ...read more.

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It has to be plausible ending and not farfetched but let the viewers go home knowing exactly what happened. An Inspector Calls ending does not follow this rule, the ending is not plausible, and on the contrary it makes you think after. The ending to and Inspector calls isn't logical as to get a phone call at the end about a dead girl who drank some disinfectant just after someone had played a trick on them about that has a very small chance of actually happening. Inspector Goole represents the socialist, as Mr. Birling is a big capitalist, I think the Inspector comes round to show him the right way to think. Goole is a symbol for what is right and almost shows up Mr. Birling's views by using a dead girl who killed herself to show it. The ending isn't too far-fetched it is just confusing and also doesn't follow the rules of the denouement. Most of the characters haven't learnt anything by the end of the play have not learnt their lessons that they have had through the play. As soon as they find out it wasn't real most of them completely forgot that what they did was wrong. Except Sheila and Eric who still feel great remorse for what they did, and are the only ones who actually learnt something from it. At the very end guilt comes back to all when they hear of another girls death. The audience also feels guilt it the Inspector's speech at the end before he leaves as he teaches that we must look out for other people. In conclusion I feel I cannot actually say it is a well-made play as it does not fill the whole criteria needed, though I find it is a very close call. I think it is almost a category of its own, not quite fitting into any just about because of one little thing wrong. An Inspector Calls show originality and creativity and will still be regarded by many as a very well made play. ...read more.

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