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An Inspector Calls – Tension in the Birling Family

The play An Inspector Calls was written two years after the victory over fascism. Priestley was a steadfast and convinced democrat, who deeply hated fascism.

In terms of the external structure and dramatic technique there is no discovery in the play. As always, there is a strict unity of place (a dining room in the house of a prosperous manufacturer Birling), and there is a method of gradual revelations: respectable ladies and gentlemen turn out to be heartless cynics, even traitors and criminals.

Initially, the message of a police inspector about the suicide of a certain Eva Smith does not make much of an impression on the audience and doesn’t cause any tension – maybe they’re just a little irritated with the fact that their festive dinner was disturbed. They celebrate the engagement of Sheila Birling and a young aristocrat Gerald Croft. It is found out, however, that the girl’s death was the result of the direct participation of everybody who is present at the dinner.

Birling Senior fired a woman from the factory as a warning to others, demanding higher wages.

Sheila, subject to pure whim, demanded her dismissal from the fashion store, where Eva was able to find a job.

Gerald, after having an affair with Eva, broke up with her.

Eric, Birling’s son, has a sexual intercourse with her and she becomes pregnant. Young scapegrace offers her money, but Eva, a person with a deep inner dignity, cannot accept it, because she knows it was stolen.

Being completely desperate, she turns for help to a local charity. But Mrs. Birling, a chairman of the committee, refuses to help her.

After that comes the tragic outcome. The family that seemed pretty calm in the beginning becomes very tensed with the outcome of the story.

The Birlings are known to everybody albeit under different names. But this time they are shown differently. In the past, in many stories the dead devoured the dead. Now, they are destroying the living. In short, before there was an exposure and now there is a conviction.

It was the first time the writer with such clarity formulates an extremely important and positive idea in the words of Inspector: Eva Smith died, but there are millions and millions of Eva and John Smiths among us with their fates, hopes and anxieties, their sufferings and views on happiness. We do not live alone. We are members of one family. We are responsible for each other. And if people do not internalize this lesson they’ll have to know it in the fire and blood. This words shows that the character believes that Birling family can understand this feeling.

The play An Inspector Calls was written two years after the victory over fascism. Priestley was a steadfast and convinced democrat, who deeply hated fascism.

In terms of the external structure and dramatic technique there is no discovery in the play.

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