An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An inspector calls was drafted in 1934 and remained unfinished for many years. After completing several other works Priestley revised the play between the years 1944-45 and it was performed to the general public on stage by the "old vic company" The play is set in 1912 where at this time divisions between classes lead to a socialist/ capitalist economy. Priestley uses this to create a framework for the play. This essay examines Priestley's use of tension and ways in which it is used particularly at critical points in the play. It also deals with moral issues relating to that time. Act 1 The scene opens in a large spacious and comfortable dining room with a calm, happy atmosphere as there is a small party celebrating Sheila Birlings engagement to Gerald Croft. As the inspector enters the established mood and atmosphere changes dramatically, this is indicated by changes in the lighting which was a pink and intimate hue has now turned to a brighter, colder and harsher nature, and creates tension amongst some of the characters. The inspector at once creates an air of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. He is a man in his fifties, dressed in a plain darkish suit of the period. He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking which shows the audience that he is a key character in the play and creates fear or intimidation. The inspector informs Mr. Birling that there had been a young girl named Eva Smith brought in to the infirmary only two hours ago. She had swallowed some strong disinfectant and died ... ... middle of paper ... ... Eva Smiths all over the world and that we are all members of one body and we must look after each other. Tension also develops when the inspector shows the characters the photographs and when Gerald suspects that he might have been showing them different photo's in order to trick them. The audience has a chance to anticipate the plot and there are points in the play which hints to what might happen. The order in which the inspector reveals the characters involvement and the way in which he give an impression that "he already knows" also creates tension. He starts right at the beginning when Birling sacks Eva from the from the factory and works his way down to the latest development. The entrances and exits of the characters also create suspense and tension as times of entrances etc. become a crucial part of the play.
J.B. Priestley's Inspector Calls. An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley is set in an industrial city. Brymley in 1912, just before the First World War. The Inspector's dealings with the Birling family cause some of the characters in the play to re-evaluate their position in society, whilst others remain.
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley "An Inspector calls," by J. B. Priestley was written in 1946 and set in 1912. Priestley was a politician and a socialist who believed in equality and equilibrium for all, sex, race and class. Priestley had a long but arduous life, 1894-1984. He lived through both world wars, the unsinkable Titanic sank in 1912, the general strike in 1926, labour government resigning in 1931, and the two destructive atom bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. Priestley deliberately set the play in 1912 because the audience watching the play had to have lived through all of this and would have empathised with him.