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The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written in the 1940's by J.B Priestley and takes place within one single room.

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The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written in the 1940's by J.B Priestley and takes place within one single room. This creates a tense and enclosed atmosphere for the reader. An unusual factor of the play is that it is set in the past, in 1912 which gives the writer the power to make the characters look wise or foolish. It gives J. B Priestley the opportunity to play God with the characters and in doing so adds humour to the play. The obvious examples of this are shown through the characters, Arthur Birling and the Inspector. 'The Germans don't want war. Nobody wants war, except some half-civilised folks in the Balkans.' And 'The Titanic-she sails next week-forty six thousand eight hundred tons-New York in five days-and every luxury-and unsinkable.' The play is certainly not ordinary. It carries a message and is intended to make a statement of a worldly nature. It is a hidden message portrayed through the characters lives uncovered by one individual character. The play wasn't just intended to entertain people, yet sixty years on it does. It highlights topics which are relevant to today. Throughout the play the play there is a strong sense of responsibility that a lot of people lack in the world. The play is based on every man's faults - the seven deadly sins. It shows the reader how the tiniest of actions can lead to unthinkable consequences. Priestley's writing was influenced by his past experiences. He fought in World War 1 and survived. He believed that people should look out for each other and help in anyway possible. ...read more.

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Despite how horrible the things Sheila caused for Eva, she is genuinely sorry for what she had done and is perhaps the only character to have actually have learnt something from the events in the play. Although she was immature in the opening scenes, the whole experience had changed her and opened up an entire different view for her. She is indeed the most mature one of the family and refuses to just go back to how they were before and tries to convince the others to do the same. The next character to be broken apart by the Inspector is Gerald Croft. He had a large contribution to Eva Smith's heartbreaking situation at the end, due to his affair and abandoning of her when he liked it the most. Gerald was the most important thing in Eva's life and despite his misguided intentions; he actually did something positive for Eva and gave her somewhere to live. She became Gerald's mistress and in this Gerald displays the sin Lust. Gerald didn't feel the same way as Eva felt about him. If she ever did find out that Gerald didn't love her, her heart would be broken again! 'Yes. I suppose it was inevitable. She was young and pretty and warm-hearted-and intensely grateful. I became the most important person in her life- you understand? It is obvious from this that Gerald is fairly conceited and believes in his own interests. Despite this, I don't think that Gerald had a great part in Eva committing suicide, as she had already knew at the beginning of their relationship that it wouldn't last, and couldn't be! ...read more.

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This also doesn't seem to be true, as the Inspector displays a message of goodness and truth. Consequently, the Inspector cannot be evil, so it cannot be explained in this way. The truth is that the Inspector is J.B Priestley; he unravels his thoughts to display a personal message to his audience that we are all equal to each other. The Inspector represents us, the audience and for our benefit takes the characters apart. Eva Smith and the other characters are still alive today; they are just versions of us. The purpose of the play is to get this message across to us and young people. The play manages to grip the audience's attention and fascination throughout the play. The unusual factors that make up the play add and develop entertainment. The play is based around the seven deadly sins which make it interesting to see which characters commit which sins. The whole mystery of the Inspector could form the play in itself, yet combined with all the other events in the play makes it extremely appetising for the audience. The play involves a huge build up of tension and makes the reader want to read on. It forces them to realise that we all have to deal with problems and can't do it alone. The play enforces feelings towards certain characters and enables us to favour or dislike them which give us the urgency to persevere with the play to find out the outcome of it. The theme of responsibly certainly is carried throughout the play and gives the audience an unforgettable experience which could possibly lead them to benefit and listen to the message that has always been there. ...read more.

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