An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Essay
An Inspector Calls is the tale of a wealthy manufacturer who is holding a dinner party for his daughter’s engagement. Into this cosy, what seems secure scene, appears a harsh police inspector investigating the suicide of young working class woman. Under the pressure of his thorough investigations, every member of the Birling family is revealed to have a shameful secret that finally led to the corruption, and consequent death of this young woman, Eva Smith.
Priestly attempts to convey his attitudes and ideas through his characters and their behaviour in the play. Quite importantly, J.B Priestly was a socialist with strong socialist ideas and tendencies. …show more content…
At the beginning of Act 1, the dialogue reveals that the family does not care about anyone but themselves. Arthur Birling believes `a man has to make his own way, has to look after himself and his family too.’ The way Priestly writes “but the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up like bees in a hive – community, and all that nonsense.” Followed by the abrupt arrival of the Inspector, sent to oppose and try to change these irresponsible views of the Birling’s.
The effect of Inspector Goole’s visit has a different effect on different members of the family according to factors such as, the extent to their involvement in Eva’s death, their own conscience, and how they react to criticism. Priestly effectively shows how the different generations also react differently, with the outcome basically being that Sheila and Eric, the siblings of Mr and Mrs Birling realise how their decisions do effect other people, and that they have a responsibility to such people. However, the ignorance of the elder generation, Mr and Mrs Birling, don’t learn anything from the Inspector’s visit at all.
On the Inspector’s arrival, Mr and Mrs Birling expect the