J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls I am currently studying a play called An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly. Basically, this play is about a suicide in which a whole family, the Birlings are implicated. The play is set in the home of a middle class family, on a spring evening of 1912. This play contains an important message for today’s society. The Birling family is celebrating their daughter, Sheila’s engagement to a man called Gerald Croft, when Inspector Goole calls.
Then they all are shocked when they receive a phone call from the infirmary saying that a girl called Eva Smith had just come in to the infirmary after swallowing some disinfectant and a inspector is on his way to question them all; this is where the play ends. The first character I will look at is Mr. Birling who is a self-absorbed “hard headed business man”. He also likes dishing out advice to youngsters even when it is not called for. ... ... middle of paper ... ... our actions. Unlike the audience of that era, who would have found even just the news of a suicide and dying in such terrible pain would have caused great shock amongst the crowds; we live in a community that is hard to shock due to the scare factor of our horror movies in this century that are more gruesome than would have been exposed to an audience of that time.
But it might have done.' ... ... middle of paper ... ... to prove Margaret Thatcher's saying wrong, and perhaps the views of Mr Burling, 'that there is no such thing as society.' 'An Inspector Calls' is a play which reaches out through the inspector to its audience. The inspector, a very careful but weighty man, shows us that there isn't a need in this world for jealously, shameful secrets or class structures. Through interrogating the rest of the characters he unveils each of their problems and shows us how it is wrong.
J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls J. B. Priestly was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, 1894. After surviving the First World War, he went on to study literature, history and political science at Bradford and at Cambridge. Priestly wanted to ensure life after the First World War was better than before and he hoped that through his writing he could influence people's ideas and change society. ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a play set in 1912 about the capitalist Birling family who are visited one night by an Inspector, Inspector Goole, who reveals that a young woman, Eva Smith, has died after swallowing a lot of strong disinfectant.
At the beginning of the play, when Iago is talking to Roderigo, we think that Othello is the bad one. However as the play continues we see Iago's hatred towards him. The audience does fear Iago to a certain extent as he seems so faithful on the outside but is deceit and clever from inside. However, I believe the audience admires Iago, as the way he manages to get everyone participated in getting revenge on Othello. Iago focuses on Othello's insecurities and uses them to bring about suspicion and jealousy from Othello.
The bright light is like the spotlight in a police questioning which makes the audience know that something terrible is going to ... ... middle of paper ... ...regards to the moral teachings because most have now accepted the advantages of Socialism over Capitalism and so do not have as much to learn on the arguments of this issue as the audiences back then when the play was first performed. The Inspector has succeeded with the audience immensely throughout the play. His name, Inspector Goole, indicates this as Goole which sounds like Ghoul. This gives the Inspector a ghostly presence. He makes us ask ourselves questions, and wonder what might happen next, so he’s engaging us with the play through the character of the Inspector.
Furthermore there still is that message for audiences today, thus making the play inimitable. The inspector in the play isn't real, as we find out at the end, the inspector could be many things but I think he was a supposed to be a ghost or each characters conscience. My reasons for this are because his surname is Goole, which sounds very similar to ghoul which is a ghost and that every character felt bad because of what they did and the inspector was that feeling by being their guilty conscience, this is why in the play the inspector consistently intimidates each person to make them see the consequences of their actions. Priestley has very thoughtfully made the inspector mysterious to sustain our interest in the play and made each character uniquely carry his message to us.
In the play, we come across many different issues. It shows how people have to face up to having caused something and the effect it has on others and society as a whole. J.B Preistley also uses irony in the play. The audience sees this when Mr Birling refers to the Titanic being "unsinkable," which is ironic, as the audience already knows that the Titanic sunk. The Inspector is eponymous, "The eponymous hero," showing that he is the main character.
‘An Inspector Calls’ is about the Birling family who are quite wealthy. They are celebrating their daughters engagement with her fiancé, Gerald. An Inspector arrives and breaks up the party, questioning the family on the death of a young Eva Smith, who had killed herself by drinking disinfectant. Upon questioning each member of the family seems to be involved in her death and is slowly forced to confess. When the Inspector finally leaves they find out that he is a fake.
Analyse the character of the Inspector in 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B.Priestley Discuss his - · Role in the play · Effects on the other characters · Stage Presence This play was written in 1945, though set in a pre-war 1912. This was primarily because of Priestley's interest in the passing of time. To show the distinction between the rich upper classes and the poor working classes. At the time of the play the country was divided and ruled by this Dickension class system. Woman were second class citizens and they did not even have the right to vote this did not arrive until later a year later when Emily Pankhurst set up the suffragette movement fighting for equal rights for woman.