• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The story "An Inspector Calls" is set in 1912 and is written by John Boynton Priestley. The story, which was written in 1934, is about an upper- class family who believe that because they are richer than other people

Extracts from this document...


The story "An Inspector Calls" is set in 1912 and is written by John Boynton Priestley. The story, which was written in 1934, is about an upper- class family who believe that because they are richer than other people that they are more important. The story was made as a play by Priestley in 1944-45 using the characters he had already thought up several years earlier. An inspector calls is what is known as a well-made play. This is because of the progression throughout the story from ignorance to knowledge for both the audience and the characters. Priestley observes the classical unities of time, place action in the structure of the play, by considering these Priestley has made the play seem more realistic because the actual time span of the play while being performed is roughly that of which these events would take to unfold in real life. The audience's interest is sustained not only by the progressive revelations but by their desire to find out who, ultimately, was responsible for driving Eva smith to suicide. ...read more.


right, despite his half centered and unrepentant attitude it is possible to feel some sympathy for him at the end of the play when his relief is shattered by the police phone call. Perhaps we can feel this because Priestley lets us see someone who is blindly wrong and never really in control of events as he would like himself, and others, to think. Inspector Goole- The inspector is a mysterious character that the audience does not know much about. He is a character who represents Priestley's strong moral view. He does not forgive what the other characters have done and by using what he already knows he creates an impression of someone who is both an outsider and an all-knowing creature. This is what makes him appear mysterious yet powerful. His lack of fear or favour, his determined questioning and control of events may be what are expected of a policeman but towards the close of the play these qualities fuel suspicion. His approach has been perhaps too abrasive and he is clearly someone for whom social conventions count for nothing when weighted against the desire for truth and justice. ...read more.


But at the end of the play the younger are no longer governed by their parents. The characters language shows their social attitudes. The Birling and crofts see themselves as "respectable" citizens of the "right" social class where men are referred to as "chaps" and Gerald calls Mr. Birling "sir". Euphemisms are used a lot in the play to talk about certain matters. When the characters find a subject offensive they often use euphemisms. A eupemism an inoffensive word or phrase used instead of an offensive or a hurtful one. "Its said that Eva went on the streets" where she led "another kind of life" and became "a woman of the town", the whole play is about learning to accept the truth and using these is doing the opposite- its covering things up. Goole uses language differently. He speaks his mind and chooses not to shadow the truth and Mr. and Mrs. Birling find him offensive because of his manner and because he is "rude" and "impertinent". Sheila uses simple language at the start of the play, ("Im sorry daddy") but by the end of the play she becomes more confident and assertive and directly disagrees with her mum and dad. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. 'An Inspector calls' is set in 1912 and was written for a 1946 audience. ...

    and 'What did you do then?' Eric's answers are also quite short, compared the ones given to the earlier characters. This questioning is very different to that of the other characters. With them they are found guilty at the end of their questioning, but Eric's role had been revealed before his questioning.

  2. How Do The Characters In An Inspector Calls Reflect 1912 Society?

    to go in but that- well, I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty- and I threatened to make a row." But Eva needed the money and so made no fuss, even though this caused her to be pregnant- because of the social divisions in 1912, the

  1. 'An inspector Calls' was written in September 1945. This story takes place in 1912, right ...

    From this we can clearly see how priestly has shown the time and situation the characters in 'An Inspector Calls' were in. But not only were opinions and situations very different at the time, so was social class. People were very much put into their own Class, even as soon as they were born.

  2. How do various attitudes reflect Social, Cultural and Historical values, both of the time ...

    Really, Sheila! Sheila : You musn't try to build up a kind of wall between us and that girl. If you do, the Inspector will just break it down... Incidences such as this, where Sheila is clearly contradicting the opinion of her parents, lead Mrs Birling to remark to the

  1. How do various attitudes, in your opinion, reflect Social, Cultural and Historical values, both ...

    Inspector that "You seem to be making a great impression on the child�. The Inspector's response, that "we often make an impression on the young ones� is proved to be true. The younger characters - Sheila, Eric and to an extent Gerald, are able to see the Inspector's message realise that he is right.

  2. John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) wrote 'An Inspector Calls' in 1945 and it was first ...

    Birling, who still continues to treat her like a little girl, becomes angry at the way the inspector 'upset the child'. When Sheila comes back, she has calmed a considerable amount. She speaks directly to the inspector now, willing to take the chance of acknowledging her own wrong doings.

  1. Why do you think Priestley chooses to set the play in 1912? What effect ...

    Famously, the ship sunk on her maiden voyage. This puts the audience at an advantage over the characters and makes us more involved. Due to us knowing this, our dislike for Mr Birling increases and he suddenly becomes more of an idiot than first presumed.

  2. The main theme of this play was "RESPONSIBILTY" this is because John Boynton Priestly ...

    The characters in An Inspector Calls were faced with their secret guilts. Mr Billing's fault is he sacked Eva Smith from work due to the workers asking if the rates could be raised. Mr Birling started the depressing life for Eva Smith.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work