An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls is set in 1912 and was written in 1945 by J. B. Priestley. It contains many of Priestley's views on socialism and the overall point of the play is that he thinks you should learn from it. The play is set in the Birling household on an evening in 1912 and uses flashbacks to tell the story. In my opinion, I think that the inspector acts as the other characters' conscience.
In this book the good Dr Jekyll has grown bored with his respectable life, aware that his darker side is suppressed by two things - his conscience and the need to keep up social appearances. He asks the fateful 'what if'. What if I release the dark side and see what will happen, all in a scientifically controlled way? The answer is exciting at first, but inexorably murderous and self-destructive all too soon. His most tragic discovery is that once given its head, man does not have the power to control his evil desires by will power or science alone.
Mrs Birling congratulates him for unmasking the inspector. In this way, he manages to please the whole family. 'That man wasn't a police officer'. You have to show this expression slow and clearly because it suddenly changed the mood of the play. He knows this will bring great relief to the Birling family.
He sums himself up within the opening of the play saying “that a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own-and-”(act one page 11) this indicates that he is a selfish man and cares for his family only (Mr.Birling is a capitalist). The mood is soon to change from relaxed and chilled to harsh when the inspector arrives. At the last word of Mr. Birlings speech the door bell rings at the right time to create tension, the doorbell ring was purposely put their to create tension and to stop Birling preaching about capitalist views. Its clever even how one word “and” can be such a tensional word as the door bell rings. In the stage directions “the lighting should be pink and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder” it changes to as if all the characters were being
Our opinions of Birlings at first were that they a very normal rich family Responsibility is one of the play's key themes, and the Inspector is Priestley's vehicle for putting across his own views of this as a socialist. In this final speech, he is speaking as much to the audience as to the characters on stage. His words here are a warning to an audience in 1945 not to repeat the selfish mistakes that led to the 'fire and blood and anguish' of two World Wars and the years between them. Also the message of responsibility is still relevant today as capitalism is still in this modern day world.
), has not displayed his self-realization because he is not aware that he has harmed people from his actions and because of that he has not matured. Pip has been more successfully redeemed at the end of his story than Richard Rodriguez because Pip has recognized his selfish mistakes in his private life, and because of this recognition, he has grown. One’s selfish actions can lead to the destruction of important relationships and regret for one’s past desires. During Richard’s younger years, he had always felt close to his family, speaking the same language, and sharing commonalities. As he grew older he distanced himself from his family because he wanted to feel like an outsider.
Eric Yes, you’ve piled it on a bit tonight Father. Birling Special occasion. And feeling contented, for once, I wanted you to have the benefit of my experience. (EDNA enters.) Edna Please, sir, an inspector’s called.
In the play “An inspector calls” by J.B priestly, Mr Birling and Shelia Birling have contrasting attitudes to social issues. The author uses this to difference to highlight the diversity between generations and their reaction to situations faced. Arthur Birling is the father to Shelia Birling and is presented as the old fashion generation whereas Shelia is the young generation, who is more aware of the responsibility she has towards other people.The play begins with Mr birling and his family celebrating the engagement of Shelia and Gerald. The atmosphere is happy and light-hearted. Before the inspector arrives, Mr Birling is happy with life and himself “It’s one of the happiest nights of my life.” This shows that Mr Birling is quire selfish because he only thinks that it is one of the happiest nights of his life and not of Shelia and Gerald.
Discuss the role of the Inspector as a dramatic function in the play “An Inspector Calls”. “An Inspector Calls” is a play written in 1945 but set in 1912 and written by J.B Priestley. Throughout the play the Inspector’s views teach us about responsibility, he also teaches the Birling family through the character of the Inspector Goole. The Birling family learn that if we don’t take responsibility for our actions we will end up in war. Through setting the play in 1912, the audience see an example of what we were like before the war and why it was caused.
I am going to comment on how social and historical things have changed since then and how we as an audience are expected to think of the character called Rafe before his first entry in the play. At the start of the play in the stage directions we get a lot of information about what Rafe is like. We find out that he looks after his family by giving them a "comfortable, prosperous, working class home". This shows that he cares about his family. We also find out that he likes the house "spick and span" because in the stage directions we see that "everything is polished and well cared for".