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  • Function Of The Inspector In An Inspector Calls Essay

    Discuss the function of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls John Boynton Priestly in 1945 wrote the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ but set it in 1912. This time difference creates a sense of dramatic irony as the play was written after it was set. The audience would be aware of the events which had taken place between 1912 and 1945, including world war one and two which they would no doubt have experience first hand. ‘An Inspector Calls’ was first performed in Russia, Moscow. This is significant because of the Russian Revolution, which was a system of collective social responsibility where the sate owned everything and used the wealth to look after its citizens. As England was left destroyed due to the world war, therefore there would have been very few playhouses, so Russia had to be alternative for performing the play. The play is set in three scenes. The entire play is set in the dining room of Mr Birling’s house. In contrast this creates claustrophobia and tension as the characters in the play feel as if they are trapped, nowhere to go until the truth is revealed. Although the play is about the death of a young girl called Eva Smith who has committed suicide. Due to this mysterious death, the Birling family has a nasty surprise waiting. The Birling’s are meant to have a high status in their community and they all have done bad things, which has forced a young woman to kill herself. In the play, it reveals what each of them did which leads to Eva…

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  • The Role Of Inspector Goole In An Inspector Calls

    Consider the role of the Inspector in “An Inspector Calls”? And what we learn about Priestley’s view on society through the character and his effect on others. The traditional Englishmen’s home is his castle goes out the window, just so that inspector Goole can solve a mystery. A mystery, that by his line of questioning, he already knows the answer to. An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 by John Boynton Priestley, just as the Second World War was ending and Britain was looking forward…

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  • Legal Dilemmas In An Inspector Calls

    didn’t treat each other it respect. When Mr Birling asks where the fifty pounds came from, Eric denied that he took it from his MR Birlings office. When his father asks him why he didn’t just ask him for help, Eric replies that he’s not the “kind of father a chap could go to when he’s in trouble.” The Inspector leadingly asks Eric if the girl found out that his money had been stolen, and Eric says that she had and that she refused to see him afterward, but then he asks how the Inspector had…

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  • An Inspector Calls Relationship Analysis

    The way relationships are presented in ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’ are based upon the setting of both texts which greatly affects the story, the writer’s beliefs are quite similar as they both repeatedly mention and show the amount of inequality towards women although they are both set in different times we can see that in those years between ‘An Inspector Calls’ written in 1947 and ‘Of Mice and Men’ written in 1937s it shows mankind has not yet changed and the writers want to…

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  • Generations In An Inspector Calls

    Contrast Between Generations Shown in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls The two generations have both got very different characteristics. Priestley demonstrates the contrast in the generations by using language. This is shown in the first act when Sheila uses slang to tell Eric he is drunk, "you're squiffy" she tells him. This use of slang emphasises her youth. On the other hand Mr Birling uses no such slang and shows how full of self-importance he is by the words…

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  • An Inspector Calls Character Analysis

    In An Inspector Calls, an inspector arrives at the Birling household to ask them a few questions about Eva Smith, a girl who had just killed herself. The play begins with Arthur Birling hosting a celebration party for Sheila Birling’s engagement to Gerald Croft. When the inspector arrives, both Arthur and his daughter, Sheila, play a very significant role in the progression and message of the play. Both of these characters tend to contrast one another in every instance such as their…

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  • Summary Of The Character Of Inspector Goole In An Inspector Calls

    Review of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley John Boynton Priestly was a socialist. He believed that whether we acknowledged it or not, we are in a community and have a responsibility to look after others. He wrote "An Inspector Calls" to highlight these beliefs and share them. In writing this…

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  • Identity Crisis In An Inspector Calls

    There are three types of identity crisis: a temporary change of identity; no change at all, and a permanent change that isn’t reverted. Looking at the classic novels An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, we can see these are present in their characters.Of Mice and Men was first published in 1937, it is a poignant tale of a remarkable friendship between two peripatetic workers in the Great Depression years of 1930’s America. George is a small hardworking man…

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  • Theme Of Responsibility In An Inspector Calls

    Arthur Birling says: “If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward wouldn’t it?” How does Priestley present ideas about responsibility in An Inspector Calls? In An Inspector Calls, one of the main themes is responsibility. Priestley is interested in our personal responsibility for our own actions and our collective responsibility to society. The play explores the effect of class, age and sex on people's attitudes…

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  • Responsibility In An Inspector Calls Analysis

    Responsibility in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley J.B Priestly wrote 'An Inspector Calls' just as the 2nd World War was coming to an end in 1945. The play was based in the time just before the 1st World War, around 1912. At this time the wealthy were considered superior to the poor, all this had to change, though, during the war, as all the classes were forced to mingle together in the armed forces, evacuation centres and in air raid shelters. The play shows…

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