Dramatic Techniques In An Inspector Calls

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Inspector calls is a play written by the author J.B priestly. Set in 1912, but performed in 1945, after 2 world wars, this play evolves around the suicide of a pregnant working-class girl whose name is Eva smith. An inspector by the name of Goole, questions the involvement of a family business with the name Birling.Co and its upper-class owners. Priestly, being a socialist, writes this play to prevent a social divide between classes. I believe Eva Smith is the most important character in AIC even though she never appears during the play. Priestly uses her as a metaphor for socialism, catalyst for responsibility and highlights the corruption of men.


In an Inspector Calls, the central theme is responsibility. Priestly,
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“A friend of mine went over this new liner last week the Titanic ,she sails next week forty six thousand eight hundred tons, forty six thousand eight hundred tones New York in five days and every luxury and unsinkable absolutely unsinkable.” Just as the titanic was destine to sink, so too was Mr Birlings political thinking, under the inspectors interrogation. This also suggests, if Mr Birling is wrong about the Titanic, and world war one, what else is he wrong about? The inspector, Ghoole himself is a dramatic device, his name Ghoole means Ghost, which really gets you thinking if he really is an inspector. Especially when Mr Birling phoned up, and asks about the inspector and they find out that there isn’t anyone with that name. In 1912 they were many strong distinctions between upper class and lower class, however in 1945 class distinctions where non-existent, I believe priestly was trying to prevent this from happening again. Priestly uses Eva smith as a tool, Her name alone, Smith- was a very common name, Eva supposedly being the first women. Priestly wanted to convey to the audience that she was a working-class woman, she stands for all we meet in our everyday lives, Priestly uses her tragedy to portray his views and
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