Comparison of The Attitudes Of Arthur Birling And Sheila Birling From An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley was first performed in 1945. The play was set in 1912 before the war; it centres on the wealthy Birling family. A visit from the mysterious Inspector Goole, during the celebration of Sheila Birling's and Gerald Croft's engagement, proves to be a horrifying experience for them as they learn that they have all played a part in the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. From the start we see that Mr Birling is a hardheaded businessman and seems to look out for only himself and his reputation. In his speech to Gerald and Eric he tells them "a man has to make his own way-has to look after himself -and his family, of course".
Banquo is being open and maybe more honest and brave while Macbeth is being Cowardly by not letting his feelings out. This contrast is a start for what is continued at the end of the play. The audience are more than likely going to see the Irony in this as Macbeth has been spending nearly the whole play thinking about the Prophecies. In terms of stage directions I would suggest that all movement was
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 and was set in 1912 in a house owned by a high class family and is about what they have done wrong. The play was by J.B Priestly. The time that the play was set was set in is important, as world war one was going to start in a few years and the Titanic was just about to set sail. In the play Mr Birling says that we will never go to war with Germany. "The Germans don't want war.
In An Inspector Calls we meet the Birling family and Gerald Croft who are celebrating an engagement when they are interrupted by a police inspector who wants to ask them some questions about a mysterious and gruesome suicide. What follows is an unlikely chain of events as each character is linked to the dead girl in a way that could cause them trouble, and then we have a final dramatic twist. This play shows the difference in society in 1912, how people were expected to help only their families. If you were poor, then it was your own fault.
The plot of the play “An Inspector Calls” is a family “The Birling’s” celebrating the engagement of their daughter Sheila, when the front vague bell rings and a police Inspector calls to ask questions about a recent suicide of a young woman called Eva Smith. The police Inspector goes by the name of Goole. Inspector Goole questions each of the characters in turn through this question he begins to reconstruct the last part of Eva’s life for the audience .The Inspector gradually digs out how each member of the family has a level of responsibility for Eva Smith’s death. The main theme of this play was “RESPONSIBILTY” this is because John Boynton Priestly wanted to show how different people or characters are equally responsible for something. Also to show how people will respond in different ways to a challenge at hand.
Directing J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Dear Katherine, I have gathered some information and advice for your part as Sheila in 'An Inspector Calls'. This should help to give you some background information before you come to rehearsals. Best of luck! Jack An Inspector calls is set in 1912, in a time before the war, and when the Titanic was set to take its maiden voyage. Who would have known that in two years time, the Titanic would be rusting away in the Atlantic Ocean, or that the first-world war would be taking place on earth?
Death also takes over the mind of Ophelia, a beautiful young lady who Hamlet is in love with, when her father Polonius is murdered, leading to her madness and eventual suicide. The final suicide is the death of the entire royal circle caused by their own corrupt conflicts and actions. Shakespeare explores the idea of suicide as an important theme through the imagination and actions of his characters. The most important and crucial ideas about suicide lies within the vulnerable prince himself. In Act I, Hamlet is approached by an apparition, claiming to be his deceased father, King Hamlet.
Another instance of his violent behavior is when he sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths and feels no remorse in doing so. Hamlet’s suicidal state can be accounted for because he is a confused young man. Throughout the play his father had been murdered, his mother almost instantly re-married, he himself had gone mad, and thus he is confused because he has so many negative feelings towards himself and the easiest way out is suicide. Another example occurs in his forth soliloquy when he reasons whether suicide would be the better and quicker solution. All of Hamlet’s emotions cause him to have a clo... ... middle of paper ... ... not commit suicide because he realizes that it would be best to accomplish his goal and kill the king so he could avenge his fathers death.
“The dark humor of the opening scene at the crematorium is played out like conventional sex-farce with the complaisant husband contending with the presence of at least three of his dead wife’s lovers. For this reason he has ruled out a memorial service” (Ingersoll, 126-127). Clive and Vernon also hated the fact the vibrant Molly went into a declining mental state until she died. Both of them wished they would have helped her by assisted suicide. In her book Ian McEwan, Lynn Wells explains that, “…characters engaged in tightly formed relationships that lead to intense dramatic action and climatic endings.” As the story continues, Clive and Vernon try to further their careers or try to make themselves look better by doing questionable things.
He left in 1919, having seen active front-line service in France and having narrowly escaped being killed when a German shell exploded three yards away from him and having been a victim of a gas-attack. In “An Inspector Calls”, Priestley uses a lot of his political views in the Inspectors speeches by using him as a kind of a mouthpiece for his socialism. The play was written in 1946; however it was set in 1912, just before the outbreak of WWI. This was a new era when people were no longer willing to accept the poverty or the class system that had gone before. Priestley strongly believed that everyone had some responsibility for others in society and not just their own welfare.