An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley JBP's plays all contain many themes but focus on power and status. In 'An Inspector Calls', he shows how people misuse these and the effects it has. Another focus of this play is how people must have collective responsibility. The setting of this play was in a room, just one room, and the action revolves round this. The setting also portrays a comfortable lifestyle but relationships aren't cosy. The room is a match to Arthur Birling. It is outwardly solid but underneath the respectability there is a rottenness, which the inspector exposes through his questioning. Because this set is realistic, the audience feels safe and this allows J.B.Priestley to introduce mystery which destroys the feeling. All the interviews take place in this room and this allows the action to revolve around the inspector. or.JB Priestly named the inspector G-O-O-L-E. This adds to the suspense the audience doesn't know who he is or why he's there. An alternative spelling is ghoul which means a ghost. One of the effects on the Birling family is that, the inspector builds up tension between them by using climaxes, example (end of Act 1). The inspector uses different techniques some of the techniques are, he makes them give the game away. He also makes them bluff everything out, and commands them to answer, and each and every question he asks they cannot get away with. The inspector interrogates each and every character differently. He starts on Mr Birling. Mr Birling is a successful businessman, who has been active in local politics and has had honour of being lord mayor. He tries to use his social status to intimidate the inspector. Mr Birling is pompous, a bully and unsophisticated. It is central to the play that his attitude that 'A man has to make his own way. Has to look after himself and his family too…' is discredited by the confessions that the inspector draws out. Mr Birling feels no guilt for the death of Eva Smith. Then the inspector interrogates Sheila Birling.
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