An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls

'An Inspector Calls' was written by J.B Priestley in 1944. The play

was set 32 years before the play was actually written. It was set

around the year 1912. Britain in the early 1910's was very much a

strong, powerful business nation, one of the richest in the world. For

large factory and business owners, it was a time for great success.

When J.B Priestly wrote the play in 1944, World War 2 was occurring

and Britain was involved. The world was turned into chaos and the

ideas of highly powered people of the past had been one of its

majoring contributing factors.

'An Inspector Calls' is about a family called the Birling's which

consist of Mr. Arthur Birling and his wife, his daughter Sheila and

her fiancce Gerald and Eric, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Birling. They are

a middleclass family in a town called Brumley. The play is based on a

girl called Eva Smith who committed suicide by drinking disinfectant.

The inspector then visits the Birling's house on the night of Sheila

and Gerald's engagement. He interviews all the members of the family

and without them realizing, they all have an awful story to say and

they all have part to play to her death. At the end of the play, it

ends with a very mind thinking twist which you end up asking yourself,

how did he know? The twist is the inspector is telling this story

about a girl who swallowed disinfectant and questions all the family

and they all have something to say about themselves and Eva Smiths

relationship. When the inspector leaves, Mr. Birling phones up the

police to see if girl has died tonight. The police reply no there

hasn't been but when Mr. Birling hangs up the phone, the police call

straight back and say someone has just reported a girl committing

suicide by swallowing disinfectant. How did the inspector know that

the girl was going to die?

J.B Priestley's aims are to show the audience that middle classed

families in the 1910's were not as clever and capable as some may

think. They can be in fact very foolish. Priestly puts across a clear

message in the play is that being responsible for you is not enough to

make the world a better place. Mr. Birling does the opposite to this

in the play by when he says 'a man has to mind his own business and

look after himself.' Also the message about power comes across quite

clearly in the play. Priestley's view on having power is to use it

carefully. You can relate this to Mr.

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