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The main theme of this play was "RESPONSIBILTY" this is because John Boynton Priestly wanted to show how different people or characters are equally responsible for something

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Title: An Inspector Calls (20TH CENTURY) Question: Centre number: 10406 Candidate number: 0223 School: Clapton Girls Technology College Name: Titilayo Jaiyesimi A determined writer, who goes by the name John Boynton Priestly, wrote and published over 120 books and one of his selected works was An Inspector Calls. An Inspector Calls was written in the year 1945 when the world came to the end 2nd world war but John Boynton Priestly set this play in the 1912, just prior to the 1st world war and sinking of titanic. An Inspector Calls was set in the dining room of a family called the Birling's. The Birling family consists of the 2 parents Authur Birling a hard-headed businessman, Sybil Birling a well-known member of the Birling women's charity Organisation and their 2 children, Eric still finding difficulties with knowing himself and Sheila the one who is very pleased with the world and has a huge amount of self-confidence. The plot of the play "An Inspector Calls" is a family "The Birling's" celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila, when the front vague bell rings and a police Inspector calls to ask questions about a recent suicide of a young woman called Eva Smith. The police Inspector goes by the name of Goole. Inspector Goole questions each of the characters in turn through this question he begins to reconstruct the last part of Eva's life for the audience .The Inspector gradually digs out how each member of the family has a level of responsibility for Eva Smith's death. ...read more.


Sheila is a "pretty young woman in her early twenties, she is very pleased with life in general" meaning she has nothing to worry about. Sheila is very intelligent, self-confident and independent but snobbish. (Stage directions that show what Shelia is like at the start of the play). The confession scene is important in terms of analysing Sheila's character because she expresses sadness when she says "if I could help her now"; when she says "I could help her now, I would". This shows she regrets and has developed an interest in Eva's story. This makes her feel responsible for "KILLING" Eva, she feels genuinely remorseful, Inspector Goole affects and influences Sheila in her 'confession' scene by constantly reminding them about responsibility when he says "we do not live alone". We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other and with the Inspector having more connection to Sheila than the other family members. This makes her admit everything she did to Eva and she encourages others who are been interviewed to accept their wrong deeds when she says "don't lets start dodging and pretending now. Between us we drove that girl to suicide". This makes her change from a person who does not care to a person who wants a change of life style and feels very sorry for what she has done. ...read more.


She even echoes the Inspector's saying's, "if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire, blood and anguish" which she and Eric are frightened of. This quote relates to the war that is about to happen, which the Birling members do not know of or any other person but only Inspector Goole knows. This shows that Inspector Goole is like an angel who shows you a vision of what will or might happen in your life or future. The quote also means that if people do not learn the lesson now, while there is peace and enjoyment, they will learn it in "fire", which is pain, blood and anguish" which is suffering. This also relates to the 2nd war that is about to happen. From reading this play I see that Sheila and Eric learn from their mistakes, they become more mature and "real grown-ups", but for Sheila it doesn't matter whether the Inspector is real or not because what's important to her is that she now knows the truth about what happened to Eva, but for her parents it seems to make a big difference because of how Sheila as involved from a snobbish woman to someone is more sensitive to others in her society and how the confession to a real police man would have meant a public scandal. It will take them time to realise this lesson of "RESPONSIBILTY" but "in fire, blood and anguish" maybe they will. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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