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Letter to a director of An Inspector Calls

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747 Moorgate Rd Moorgate Rotherham S60 2RX 12th April 2002 Dear Mr. A. Jones I have read the letter that you sent me. Have you even read my play, or has one of your receptionists reviewed it. I totally disagree with you. There are several reasons for this. You believe that the play is seriously out of date and has, therefore, no relevance to society today. Why? I believe that this play challenges the society of the day, because in the play you will find that the period that the play is set in, 1912, had a very traditional gender role. In the play Shelia plays a very dominant role, she her self is challenging the ways of life, by calling off the engagement with Gerald, she also talks back to her father and does not do as she is told. This behaviour is defiantly not normal for a woman in 1912. A woman in 1912 was expected to be housewife and was supposed to be there to have children and look after them. Yet the behaviour shown by Sheila is perfectly acceptable in this day and age. Another reason I have made this play out of time is so that the people of this day and age will be able to see what people were like in 1912, and we should not be like them. ...read more.


The tension starts to build up and as the inspector interrogates each of the characters about their ordeal with Eva Smith the tension then gets more and more as he speaks to each of the characters and then when he makes his final speech about Eva Smith the tension in at the peak. When the inspector leaves the Birlings and Gerald phones the infirmary and it is reviled that there has been no dead girl the tension plummets and things seem to be back top normal, but just then the telephone rings and they are told that a police inspector is on his way around to talk to them about a young girl found dead, the tension shoots back up to the peak, because it is such a shock for them not knowing what is about to happen when the inspector arrives. You think that Inspector Goole is too mysterious and his visit is unclear. You are right but I have done this deliberately because his name is a play on words. Goole sounds like ghoul, this makes him preternatural, and he is supposed to give you the creeps, because you are not sure whether he is actually there, or is he a ghost. The inspector is almost like the Berlings conscience, because he is telling them what they have done wrong, this is because the Berlings have no conscience. ...read more.


You believe that dramatic irony is over used. I don't think so because it is meant to be blatantly obvious so that the audience can see that Mr. Berlings speech about there not being a war and the titanic being unsinkable He is full of pompous pronouncements, such as "The Titanic is absolutely unsinkable". I use this example to show how out-of-touch Birling is and how arrogant he is. He places his faith in business and greed. His obsessive faith in the individual, in progress and capitalism is the kind of selfish attitude that has led to Eva Smith's downfall. And this is what the Inspector comes to teach him about. Mr. Berling says this speech just before the inspector arrives and this is very important to the play. Finally you think that the ending is not dramatic and is disappointing, here I must strongly disagree with you because the dramatic use of the tension building telephone call makes for a brilliant ending! The ending is not disappointing because the mysterious character (inspector Goole) disappears make the audience doubt and put questions into their heads, It makes them think. Please read this letter carefully, as it will be a big help in you understanding the play. Yours sincerely J.B. Priestley ...read more.

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