My opinion of the Birlings changed in Act 1 because the inspector chooses to interrogate them individually and in chronological order to how they play a part in Eva's death
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Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 by J.B Preistley. He uses dramatic devices to communicate to the audience his concerns about society. The play was written just after the Second World War and is set two years before the First World War. This shows how an uncaring of society can result in consequences for lower classes and it will lead to disputes and even War. He wrote it after the Second World War to show people that they have not learnt from their mistakes, so by writing the play it showed the audience they had a second chance. The Inspector is in his mind, J.B Preistley and shows the Birlings that they should sometimes take responsibility of other people's actions. The play has a mystery/detective genre and is a well-made play. A well-made play is one that is guaranteed success and constructed according to strict technical principles that produce neatness of plot and theatrical effectiveness.
The sound of the bell helps to build up tension because it actually interrupts Birling. It interrupts him near the end of his speech on how, 'A man should look after himself, and then a family if he has one.' This speech portrays Birling as a very self-important man. With the entrance of the Inspector the audience begin to see the other characters as less important. Also, when the he enters he asks if he can speak to everyone individually about the death of Eva Smith. The audience begin to think that he is not an inspector at all because he is not at all scared of Birling's threats, he says 'I don't see much of the chief constable'. This implies that the inspector will not know him and whilst saying it he is covering his tracks. The inspector leaves immediately after he makes a speech regarding how he (or Preistley) feel about people ignoring other's feelings.
First he questions Mr. Birling on why he dismissed her from a job at his factory, just for asking for a pay rise. Birling says that it is his 'duty to keep labour costs down' which indicates that he does not treat his workers as individuals or even real people, he mostly about the financial aspect, he does not recognise the name Eva Smith after personally dismissing her. This reinforces the fact that he is a very self-centered, self-important man. Priestley has done this to let the audience realize that everyone is equal no-matter how poor they are, they should be treated with the same amount of respect as anyone else. This involves the audience extremely deeply. In regards to society the inspector voices Priestly's opinion that we cannot make any progress if we do not work together. In my opinion, people watching or reading the play today will learn a bit in moral teaching but not as much as the audience of 1945 because people, nowadays have accepted the advantages of socialism over capitalism.
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