An Inspector Calls – Intro/ Summary

“An Inspector Calls” was written by JB Priestley just before the start of war in 1939. Set just before the first world war, the play focuses on the self-destruction of a wealthy family as they learn of their involvement of the suspicious death of a young woman. While the play addresses many ideas, the focus of this essay will be… and how Priestley effectively uses to dramatic techniques to achieve this.

At a celebratory meal for the Birling family, who have arranged a marriage between their daughter Sheila and aristocratic Gerald. The joy is disrupted by the visit of a mysterious police inspector. He gradually explains to each how their callous actions have destroyed the life of a young girl. After he leaves them, the family bicker to escape their guilt, ignoring the fact that their actions, regardless, were immoral.

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