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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

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Introduction

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.

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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.

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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.

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