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An Inspector calls, essay, "An Inspector Calls" is a play which was written by John Boynton Priestley in 1912, and it was set in the theatre on the 1st of October 1946. Priestley uses the play as an example of what can happen if we are ignorant to the feelings of others. Priestley believed a great deal in socialism and he used several of his plays to try and influence people to be Socialist. The audience does not find a great deal out about the Inspector and nothing is explicitly told to us; we are given hints and clues from the way he acts and what he says and are forced to piece these together to form our own ideas about his identity and his intentions. "An Inspector Calls" is a play about a family called the Birling family. One day, when they were celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, and when they were having fun, an inspector comes, and turns the happy night into misery. Every character gives a first impression, and Sheila is one of them. ...read more.


You talk as if we were responsible?" she starts to defend herself and her family, because she cares about them all and she doesn't want any of them to be in trouble, and get hurt. After the inspector was gone, Sheila was quite confused "that's all" she said this like she wanted to be asked more questions, and she's not sure that she did the right thing by saying the truth about what she did to Eva Smith, it's like she expected to be asked more questions or something else happens like get blamed for it and goes to jail, and she feels like she disserves it. When Sheila heard that inspector Goole wasn't a real inspector, she said "(bitterly) I suppose we're all nice people now." Bitterly shows that she's being sarcastic, and she didn't mean what she said, she meant the opposite. She said this because when they said the truth about everything it makes them nice people, but it doesn't, and she thought that they all were a nice and a perfect family, but her thoughts were wrong after she heard what everyone in her family had done. ...read more.


This suggests that she doesn't care about the poor girl, and she doesn't want to help. She has other stuff to do in the house which is better than this waste of time. When the Inspector leaves Mrs Birling was ashamed of her son Eric, because of his drinking problem. "(Coming to life) I should think not. Eric, I'm absolutely ashamed of you" Eric has brought shame to the family and she's going to be embarrassed if people will know about it, so she gets angry. This tells us that she loves Eric and he's the youngest, and she didn't expect this to happen from him. When Mrs Birling hears that Inspector Goole wasn't a real inspector, she was surprised and worried, "I felt it all the time. He never talked like one. He never even looked like one." She didn't know that he's not a real Inspector; if she did she should've said it. She was trying to look like she wasn't fooled by him, like everyone else did. Mrs Birling's character doesn't seem to change in the play; it stays the same cold woman. ...read more.

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