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The play An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestley, in 1945, it was set in 1912 in the home of a middle class family.

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An inspector calls essay The play An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestley, in 1945, it was set in 1912 in the home of a middle class family. Through this play Priestley wanted his socialist views to be understood. He believed that everyone was equal and that everyone should be treated with the same respect. He left school when he was sixteen because he "wanted to write". In 1910 Priestley became a junior clerk with the local wool firm of Helm and Company and it was during this pre - war period that he gained much of the experience that he needed for his career. After the war his career as a writer really started. He became an essayist and a novelist and soon after that he started writing plays. Priestley uses the form of the detective genre through the character of the inspector to show the audience what could happen because of their actions. He wanted the audience to be aware of their individual and collective responsibility for how they treated other people from different classes and how this affected society in general. By careful use of stage directions, lighting and how the characters are allowed to interact to each other, Priestley ensures there is nothing that will distract the attention of the audience. The story of the play revolves around the death of a lower class girl, Eva Smith. ...read more.

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Even Mrs. Birling's interview shows arrogance and cold heartedness. She shows that she felt no sympathy for Eva Smith and that she was prejudiced against Eva's case, "Yes, I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence... prejudiced me against her case". She thinks a lot of her family but infact we find out that she does not know her family well at all. For example, "But I didn't know it was you... you don't get drunk". This shows that she actually has no idea what her family is like. This also tells us that she thinks that her family is very good and innocent like her but they are not and she is not innocent either. Following the inspector's questioning of Sheila we find out that she reacts guiltily. She realizes that she did something terribly wrong and admits it in front of the inspector. She is very emotional and when the inspector shows her the picture of Eva Smith Sheila runs out crying. She blames herself for the girl's suicide at first but then she realizes that she is not the only one to blame. Sheila tries to defend Eva throughout the play. "I can't believe, I won't believe it's simply my fault in the end she - she committed suicide ...".This shows that she does feel guilty and feels sorry for the girl who died but she knows it is not all her fault. ...read more.

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Certainly lighting played an important part in the play and is used to reflect the mood on the stage. For example before the inspector enters, the lighting is pink and rosy but when he enters the mood turns hard and the light concentrates on every person as they are being interviewed . At the end of each act, including the last one, the audience is left in suspense, in act one this is because Gerald panics when the inspector mentions the name Daisy Renton and the act finishes just when the Inspector says, "Well", he is just about to question Gerald and the audience do not know what is going to happen. In act two this is because Mrs. Birling begins to realize that Eric is the father and the audience are again left in suspense. In act three this is because the inspector has left the Birling family to receive a phone call saying that a girl has committed suicide and an inspector is coming over to investigate. The audience are not sure who the inspector is but Priestley leaves the audience with the problem of deciding who or what was the real role of the inspector. Whether he was a ghost or a hoax does not seem as important as his message. As Sheila said, "Well, he inspected us all right". Perhaps that is what Priestley intended the audience to understand. Khobaib Anwar ...read more.

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