Although it may seem obvious to a reader that one of the birlings were to blame, however something else could have had an effect on the death,when you look at it from the outside which is the society. In1912 the class system portrayed thought the Birling Family this was because of how high their hierarchy was in society, meaning they were in control because they were wealthy. As they were so high up Mr Birling was very sure of him self such as 'community and all that nonsense' this quote shows that he isn't interested in anybody else or the community as he can be very selfish throughout the play, also by saying the word 'nonsense' it is suggesting that he doesn't believe in anything people say or their actions because he only focuses on his family and him self showing he's not responsible for anyone else. Society did have an effect because the lower class, which was Eva Smith, got treated unfairly and differently to the middle and higher classes. Eva got looked down on and was frowned upon, for example 'girl of that class' this was said by Mrs Birling. Through out the play, Mr and Mrs Birling never seem to understand what is going on, and they think their actions haven't had an effect on Eva smith, this is why the Inspector was there he was trying to make them realise what they had done wrong other wise they would just have to keep living their life over and over again until they take some responsiblity towards others. I believe this is needed as they think they are much…
Stanley is banging his drum around the room when Meg suddenly remembers that she had some shopping left to do
Meg: Oh no this won’t do at all will it? I forgot the kippers for tea it’s a catastrophe wait just a little bit Stanley and I’ll nip out and get them.
Stanley: OK Meg that’s not such a big disaster. You go and get them it’ll be fine don’t you worry!
Meg: that’s lovely I’ll be back in a bit. (Exit Meg)
Stanley continues banging his drum, his face screwed up in concentration. A few seconds…
J .B Priestley’s
An Inspector Calls
In this unit, you will read the play ‘An
Inspector Calls’ by J.B Priestley and
do the following :
Revisit the definition of and aspects of a play
Learn about the playwright and play’s
Plot as well as Plot Structure
To successfully study this unit you will complete:
-A series of group discussion tasks.
- A Watching and Listening assessment
- An Analysis and Evaluation…
English Literature – An Inspector Calls
1. Write fully about the way Priestley exposes weaknesses and wickedness, not only in the characters on stage but also in society.
Priestley exposes the wickedness in the characters by showing how they were all collectively responsible for the death of Eva Smith, by being inconsiderate and heartless of her plight, as the Inspector says “each one of you were responsible for her death”. For Mr Birling, Eva Smith was cheap labour, so this led to her sacking…
Explore how differences are presented in An Inspector Calls and why these differences are important
An Inspector Calls is a play written by J.B Priestley in 1945 after World War 2 but was set in 1912 just before world war. The plot of this dramatic play is based around a normal, respected family who are visited by an inspector about the death of young girl, Eva Smith, and how each family member plays a role in her death. This is an incredibly thought provoking and profound play. This essay will…
An Inspector Calls:
These notes are to help kickstart your revision of the play
for the GCSE English
There are a number of references to external events within the play and
these could provide the areas which could be developed further. Among these
The emergence of Russia as a world power
The outbreak of World War One
The importance of the Women’s Rights movement
The rise of Socialism
The writings of…
An Inspector Calls
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley is set in the period 1912, the year when the titanic had sunk and the World war one was to begin in two years in 1914. Priestley decided to set his play in 1912 because the date represented an era which was completely opposite the era he was writing the play in. Furthermore, he also wanted to inform the people about the discrimination that was in society in that era and how the time has changed everything.
J.B. Priestley was influenced mainly…
How does Priestley create a sense of mystery and intrigue in the opening of the play
The play ‘An Inspector Calls’ tells a story about the prosperous middle-class Birling family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith. In the opening of the play, Priestley used several ways to create a sense of mystery and intrigue effectively.
Firstly, one way in which Priestley makes Act One so intriguing and mysterious…
Should Scotland become independent?
Since the SNP was formed in 1936 it has had a dream that Scotland should be independent from the rest of the UK – an idea which has been scoffed at by many for years since. However, this dream has recently become a much more realistic probability since the SNP won a minority government in 2007 and went on to win a majority in the Scottish Parliament in 2012. During this time they have put forward an approximate time in 2014 for the country to decide it’s…
‘An Inspector Calls’ begins with the Birling family celebrating Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft, Mr. Birling’s friend’s son. In the beginning of the play we know that the light should be “pink and intimate until the arrival of the Inspector” This shows that something bad can or will happen to the Birling family when the Inspector will arrive. We also find that the light change suggests the start of a serious investigation which will make all the truth come out. The inspector’s arrival is very…