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The first 10 pages (until the inspector) arrives are important in terms of setting the scene & establishing the characters.

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Introduction

The first 10 pages (until the inspector) arrives are important in terms of setting the scene & establishing the characters. An Inspector Calls was written in 1945/46; however the play was set in 1912. When the playwright wrote this play it was the end of the World War 2. He uses the play to give his views on the society. He tries to give the audience the message that everyone is responsible for each other, "If we don't accept our responsibility there will be no society." He also tries to give this message through the inspector. The inspector said this in his final speech before he leaves "We are members of one body, and we are responsible for each other." By saying this he could be Priestley's voice. An Inspector Calls is set in the "dining-room of the Birlings' house in Brumley, an industrial city in the North Midlands." Here the playwright has played with names as Brumley is a made-up place. ...read more.

Middle

This is because in the speeches that Priestley gives he is saying that, "The Germans don't want war...", "... there isn't a chance of war.." the audience of course know that this is wrong as World War 1 has happened and World War 2 as well. This happens again in one of Mr Birlings speeches, "...-the Titanic- ... unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable," the audience of course again knows that this is wrong as the titanic does sink. All this proves that Mr Birling is very wrong and unreliable. In the first 10 pages each characters is introduced, however throughout the play the characters are changing from how they started out as. Eric is introduced as "half shy, half assertive." The audience don't really know Eric that much as he is always shut out of the family by Mr Birling. Mr Birling isn't treating Eric like a son; however he is actually giving that role to Gerald. ...read more.

Conclusion

From the first 10 pages the audience can tell that Gerald is in the upper class, this is by the way he talks "Absolutely first-class." He is also the son of a very wealthy business man, "...your father and I have been friendly rivals in business for some time." However when he seduces Eva Smith it is surprising as we get to know him as a nice, polite and friendly chap. He does regret what he did but when the Birlings and Gerald find out that the inspector was a fake he changed back again. Gerald is in between the two generations, old and new. Sheila and Eric are part of the new generation and Mr and Mrs Birling are part of the old generation. Priestley is trying to say that the new generation will be better than the old generation. This is one of the messages that are in the play, this is told because Mr and Mrs Birling don't care what they did to Eva smith but the Sheila and Eric do. ...read more.

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