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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

Priestly first had an idea about a mysterious inspector visiting a

family. It was in 1944 when he rediscovered his idea for the

characters of the Birling family in his notebook. In winter 1944-45 he

started writing it at top speed and finished it within a week. Because

there was no London theatre available he sent the script to Moscow

where it was produced in two theatres in 1945. And it was produced in

London the following year.

An inspector calls is known as a well-made play. It progresses from

ignorance to knowledge and not only for the audience but for the

characters too. Everything contributes to the central theme of the

play and nothing distracts the audience. The audience is always

interested to find out who ultimately led Eva smith to her suicide.

The writer heightens the audience's suspense by his use of climax. The

audience feels desperate to see what is going to happen in the next

act. J.B. priestly seems concerned to affect his audience. The play

was "sourly noticed" by the London theatre critics. The questions that

people tend to ask is who was inspector Goole and what did Priestly

intend him to be. A successful play would need to solve these problems

by paying attention to the tone of events that are happening.

It is 1912 and the Birlings and Gerald Croft were celebrating in a

self-satisfied way. The audience was given a sense of unease by the

ironic references to the impossibility of war, and the progress that

mankind is making by the titanic. Arthur is telling Gerald Croft and

Eric that "a man has to mind his own business and look after himself",

and the audience waits for the main action of the play. Inspector

Goole is a catalyst [a catalyst is a person who precipitates in a

change] for the evening's events. When the family starts to

disintegrate the inspector says his last judgement which is that while

Arthur Birling started it all thy are all to blame for Eva's death.
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