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The Structures, characters and contexts in 'An Inspector Calls.'

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The Structures, characters and contexts in 'An Inspector Calls.' Introduction This was written before the war broke out so some things that are said in the play are a bit controversial. Things referring towards the war were politically incorrect and how Birling refers to the Titanic as 'unsinkable'. What made this so controversial is the fact that war broke out and the play was stopped before it hit the big stages and wasn't widely renowned till after the war. As the play is post war, the society is different from todays. Back in the day of the play everyone was put into classes due to the money you had and this is symbolised in the characters in the play. In the opening scene of 'An Inspector Calls' you can view a large dining room that is dimly lit. In the centre of the room there is a large oak table and around it are the Birling family and Gerald Croft. It is a typical suburban house with a large log fireplace with an old large mirror handing on the chimneybreast and classic painting hung around the walls. ...read more.


Arthur Birling espiers to their level and dreams of the day he can look to them as his equals. He hopes the marriage between his daughter, Sheila, and their son, Gerald, my help his chances but is worried by Gerald's mother "Lady Croft feels you ......... might have done better for yourself socially." The Birlings represent the higher business type of class. He is hoping to be knighted soon and his social class would grow as he is currently seen as an older man and a majestic. He lives the highlife of "a prosperous manufacture" with his rich furniture and maid's rich cloths and lifestyle but is still consous of his inferioty of the Crofts. In this family Arthur Birling and his wife Sybil symbolises the older generation and his children Eric and Sheila Birling represent the younger generation. The relationships between the two groups are poor as each no little about the other. Inspector Goole symbolises the Professional class who does the important hard work but still no's his place. He views society in the exact opposite as Mr Birling and doesn't see the lower class as cheep labour but sees them as people. ...read more.


The Inspector on page 56 quotes the political message of the play where he says, "We do not live alone, we are all members of one body, we are all responsible for each other." Conclusion I found the play quite effective which is surprising, as the situations of the people described in the play no longer exist. The main effectiveness of the play was have it gets you thinking and guessing what's going to happen next and leaves you on cliff hangers which are revisited later in the play. Even though the same situation do not apply to the social system of today the message of the play still works. Personally I enjoyed the play because of its story is so original and how Priestly seems to visualise what the society of today is like and brings it to life through the Inspector. The message is clear and easily under stood. The only disappointment in the play is the narrow mindedness of Eric and Sheila and they come across as a bit think and it annoyed me and they could not see what Gerald was trying to say about the Inspector being a fake and that a girl isn't dead. English Draft Essay 4 Matthew Clark ...read more.

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