Criticisms in An Inspector Calls Essay

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Criticisms in An Inspector Calls

'An Inspector Calls' is a very thought provoking and rousing play. It was obviously written to make a strong point and illustrate the social gap between classes. This play was written in 1945 and since then, times and situations have changed enormously. However, this play still has great relevance today due to the fact that as a country we retain strong upper class societies who are very definitely detached.

In the following essay, I aim to outline the many arguments and lines of thought that this play incites. To illustrate this I will use extracts from the play. I will also use my own thoughts and opinions:

Before the Inspector enters, we are already forming opinions and views on the
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When you're married you'll realise that men with important work to do sometimes spend nearly all their times and energy on their business.
You'll have to get used to that, just as I had.' Not only do these comments illustrate the fact that Mrs Birling is desperate for the marriage to go ahead, it is also an obvious sign on the progression of the times. Nowadays, women and men are treated with equal importance in marriage and business, this shows the distinct difference between the sexes.

When the Inspector enters, the Birling family have just been partaking in a celebratory dinner. Mr Birling has given a speech, and just said,
'a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own.' When he says this, it immediately gives the reader a very definite view of Mr Birling. He is instantly thought of as a pompous middle class man, a very stereotypical character. At this point, the
Inspector enters. As the play unfolds, this could be seen as a very defining moment of the play; the Inspector entering as soon as we have been given a specific account of Mr Birling and he has just given a very typically arrogant and snobbish speech.

As it becomes clear why the Inspector is visiting, each character tends to react and respond differently. The Inspector questions Mr
Birling first, and he seems particularly hard and firm with him. Mr
Birling continues to create a very
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