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Dear Mr Priestley,

I have chosen to stage your play, ‘An Inspector Calls’ as I found it very appealing. The setting of the play was really attractive as it was written at the end of the Second World War. People wanted to entertain themselves after so much tension and stress during the War. So a play based on life 30 years ago was perfect. However, this play did more than just entertain. It is a thought-provoking play which encourages people to think about society and responsibility.

    The audience in 1945 would have just experienced a terrible Second World War, with great loss and destruction. They would also be aware of the First World War which was an earlier catastrophe. The fact that the play was set in 1912 before the First World War, means that the audience have additional knowledge of the world, unlike the Birlings.

    As you have used the theme of responsibility, it reminded me that we all have responsibilities in our lives. There are still people who are going to war without realising the consequences and the effects on lives of innocent people. There are still people in the world today who are starving while people who are extremely rich and getting richer by the minute take no note of the poor. There are people around us who are peddling drugs without thinking of its effect on countless children and members of the society.

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    Throughout the play, the words ‘responsible’ and ‘responsibility’ are used by almost all the characters in the play at some point or the other. Each member of the family has a different attitude towards responsibility. There is a contrastive pair when Mr Birling’s responsibility towards Eva is uncaring, brutal and miserly while his son, Eric’s responsibility towards Eva is caring but naïve and selfish in a way. There is a similarity between Mrs Birling and Shelia. Mrs Birling and Sheila’s responsibility to Eva is somewhat similar as they both share and accept their guilt on Eva’s death. ...

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