Inspector Calls Essay

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English Essay Question In what ways does Inspector Goole make us aware of the tragedy of Eva smiths death and how we all are responsible for what happens to others? Give your reasons in full, referring closely to what he says. (25marks) Plan Intro-1paragraph • Briefly descried the context of the play (written in 1945 and set in 1912) • Brifely describe what the play is about • Inform the reader that every member has a part to play with evas death • Main section • Describe each character and where they stand in the audiences eyes and what part they have to play with Eva Smiths death • Who is most responsible for Eva Smiths death • How does priestly make us aware of Evas death Conclusion • 'An inspector calls' is set in 1912 but written in 1945 by the writer J B Priestly. Priestley wrote this play as he sw an urgent need for social change and used the play to express his desire for social equality. The time span between the dates used (1912-1945) is to make us aware of what has happened and learn from mistakes that were made in history.The play is about circumstances leading to the suicide of an unemployed woman. As the play progresses under the interrogation of the Birling family by a fierce inspector we find that every member of the family is hiding a disgraceful secret which links them to her death. I think Priestly uses the characters of Mr. Mrs. Birling to display the greed and ignorance of aristocracy before the war. He shows them as selfish and ignorant and unwilling to admit their mistakes. Mr Birling is stereotyped by Priestly as a pride filled, over confidant,”rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech." Some examples of ths are “I say you can ignore all this silly pessimistic talk” and “we're in for a time of steadily increasing prosperity.” Similarly Mrs. Birling is displayed

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