Inspector Calls Essay

1217 Words Sep 19th, 2008 5 Pages
‘An Inspector’s Calls’ is a play that was written by J.B. Priestley in 1945 but set in Edwardian England 1912. The play is set in a fictional industrial city in the North Midlands called Brumley. The fictional industrial city of Brumley would have been typical of many towns, as in the town there would be factory owners, who would provide much needed jobs, this meant that the factory owners were able to run their businesses any way they wanted to. These factory owners were more important in 1912 than they are now, as many industrialists got rich in the 1800s. For example, men like Arthur Birling may have come from a modest background but his new wealth helped him climb up the social ladder, gaining both a lot of power and respect. This …show more content…
The Inspector’s tells them "...each of you helped to kill her". As most of the characters have a narrow view of responsibility, however, Inspector’s Goole provides the reader with a broader view of what it means to be responsible. Inspector’s Goole final speech is aimed not only at the characters on stage, but at the audience.
"One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do." The Inspector’s shows that it is collective responsibility that killed Eva Smith, everyone in society is linked, in the same way that the characters are linked to Eva Smith. Everyone is a part of "one body"; the Inspector’s sees society as more important than individual interests. The views the Inspector’s is propounding are like those of Priestley who was a socialist. Priestley message to the audience is that everyone is responsible for their own actions and the way in which they affect others.
‘An Inspector’s Calls’ is a ‘well made play’ because it is a well-structured as it contains many factors that captivate and sustain the attention of the audience. As well as having the three unities: time past and present; place the Birling dining room and the actions which is focused on one storyline, there is only one setting and that the

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