An Inspector Calls - Theatre Essay
Introduction: This superbly crafted play by J.B Priestly ‘An Inspector Calls’ was written in 1945 and set in 1912. The play was written at the time of the Second World War. The specific setting is as the Titanic is to set sail for America. The world was also thinking about
going to war with Germany for the first time. Life for the poor in 1912 was very insecure.
There was a lack of a Welfare State, which didn’t help the poor. For women it was almost the same they were treated like they did not have a mind of their own and the dominant males controlled them. An example of this from the play is, “Oh- Gerald- you’ve got it- is it the one you wanted me ...view middle of the document...
7) When the inspector enters the room his presents creates an impression of largeness and toughness.
He also speaks carefully, and looks hard at the person he addresses which gives an uneasy feeling.
The inspector shows a photograph of a young lady to everyone but Eric and Gerald. This builds the tension up a great deal because we now know that the photograph has something to do with them, but we don’t know quite what.
Section Two - Arthur Birling
At the dinner party, Arthur Birling talks about how the Titanic is unsinkable and that Britain won’t go to war with Germany. He also talks about his knighthood, “I gather there’s a very good chance of a knighthood”. (Act 1, P.6) This reveals he is a proud and negative character of the play.
Mr. Birling sackedEva Smith because she was one of the ringleaders of a strike over their pay. He shows no guilt on sacking Eva, the audience will respond by thinking he is insensitive and only cares about making money for himself. Arthur thinks his position is a high, powerful one because he is very bossy and thinks he can take charge of everybody else.
Section Three- Shelia Birling
Shelia feels a lot of remorse for Eva Smith being sacked she says, “I think it was a mean thing to do. Perhaps that spoiled everything for her.” (Act 1, P.14) Meaning that if Mr. Birling hadn’t of sacked her then she would have not committed suicide.
The audience should respond better to Sheila because she is more considerate and will think she is the nice character of the play.
At the end of Act One Sheila and Gerald arguing builds up the...