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Post 1914 drama - An inspector calls.

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Post 1914 drama An inspector calls J. B priestly was a socialist. He believed that whether we acknowledged it or not we are in a community and have a responsibility to look after others. J.B priestly wrote the play for a middle class audience and was trying to speak up for the lower class. He did this by how the birling's and Gerald Croft was involved in making a young girls life a misery. Priestly wants to show us that we have a responsibility to others, to act fairly and without prejudice and that we do not live in isolation. Our actions affect others. The play an inspector calls was written in 1945 within a week of world war two ending but is set before world war one. The time span between the dates used (1945-1912) is to make the audience aware of what happened and to learn from mistakes that many people made then. Mr Birling likes to see himself as "And I'm talking as a hard headed, practical man of business" He runs a rather successful business. He is a rather pompous man who thinks highly of himself. ...read more.


But she was pretty and looked as if she could take care of herself." Sheila believed that because Eva smith was pretty she would get on because in her little world being pretty and looking smart is all you need to be successful in life. Throughout the play Sheila's attitudes changes and she becomes more aware of the 'Real world'. At the beginning before the inspector arrived she was rather na�ve and thought she could survive by just being pretty but her mum tries to teach her a little of the real world. " I don't believe I will" Sheila's mum (Sybil) is teaching her something but she is not taking as much notice as she should. During the inspectors visit Sheila begins to mature and realise about what really happens outside of her world. "Why - you fool - he knows. And I hate to think how much he knows that we don't know yet. You'll see. You'll see. This show she has matured because she is beginning to realise about what's happening to herself. And is also teaching Gerald something. After the inspectors visit Sheila has matured beyond her years and is trying to teach her family things. ...read more.


Mrs Birling is a typical wife of a middle class man. She believes that a mans place is at work and that woman has to just put up with their husbands and learn to live with their work coming first. "When your married you'll realise that men with important work do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business. You'll have to get use to that, just I had." This shows that shows that she puts up with her husbands work just as all other middle class woman have to. Eva smith came to Mrs Birling committee for help and support but she refused her help and slammed the door in her face. "But it sounded ridiculous to me. so I was perfectly justified in advising my committee not to allow her claim for assistance." The real reason she refused was because Eva Smith first used the name Mrs Birling and this annoyed her and so she did not even consider what she was saying was truth. The audience reaction to Mrs Birling is that she is awful for not helping Eva Smith and that after the inspector leaves Mrs B still acts like she has done nothing wrong and blames it on the other members of her family. This makes her sound cold-blooded. ...read more.

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