An Inspector Calls – Essay Plan

Choose a play which explores an issue or theme which interests you. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain how this issue or theme is explored. A play with a key theme: The responsibility of the strong to look after the weak. When Sheila gets Eva Smith fired. When Gerald sets her up as his mistress. When Mrs Birling denies her the support she needs. When … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Essay Plan

An Inspector Calls – Quotations

  “You’re squiffy” – Sheila to Eric (Act 1) Shows Eric/ Sheila’s brother/ sister relationship. Colloquial language set period. Shows Eric drinks too much.   “I speak as a hard-headed business man.” (Act 1) Word choice emphasises lack of feeling. Shows Mr Birling is hard-hearted. Shows pride in his hard-won success.   “If you don’t come down hard on these people they’ll soon be asking … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Quotations

An Inspector Calls – Conclusions

1.   Answer the question directly 2.   Summarise your own answer 3.   What does the audience learn 1.   Gerald’s belief that the inspector was not real is later shown to be false, but the brief period of relief shows the differing attitudes of the characters. 2.   From this scene, the audience sees the attitudes of the compassionate Sheila and Eric, and the callous elder Birlings and … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Conclusions

An Inspector Calls – Essay Choices

1.           Choose from a play an important scene which you found particularly entertaining or particularly shocking. Explain briefly why the scene is important to the play as a whole and discuss in detail how the dramatist makes the scene so entertaining or shocking.   2.           Choose a play in which a character makes a crucial error. Explain what the error is and discuss to what … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Essay Choices

An Inspector Calls – Essay Beginnings…

Notes from today’s lesson… Choose a scene from a play in which there is an important incident which leads to a turning point in the action. Explain what happens in the scene, and then go on to say how it affects the outcome of the play. ·      Name of text ·      Name of playwright ·      Date of text ·      Gist of plot ·      Intention of … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Essay Beginnings…

An Inspector Calls – Notes

Notes from today’s class: “I would give thousands…”– characterisation – Birling – solves with wealth “Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable…”– repetition – complacent – metaphor “You’re squiffy.”– characterisation – setting – word choice “We are members of one body. We are all responsible for each other.”– characterisation – moral centre – message “I suppose we’re all nice people now.”– sarcasm – Sheila’s conscience – bitterness at her … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Notes

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 … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Intro/ Summary

An Inspector Calls – Key Quotations and Evaluation

“You’re squiffy” – Sheila to Eric (Act 1)• Shows Eric/ Sheila’s brother/ sister relationship.• Colloquial language set period.• Shows Eric drinks too much. “I speak as a hard-headed business man.” (Act 1)• Shows Mr Birling is hard-hearted.• Shows pride in his hard-won success. “Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.” Mr Birling (Act 1)• Dramatic irony – audience knows something the characters don’t.• Titanic is a metaphor for the … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Key Quotations and Evaluation

An Inspector Calls – Mr Birling Quotes/ Analysis

“I speak as a hard-headed business man.”• Shows Mr Birling is hard-hearted.• Shows pride in his hard-won success. “A man has to make his own way – has to look after himself”• Shows he is selfish• he doesn’t care about anyone beyond his own family “If you don’t come down hard on these people they’ll soon be asking for the earth.”• He will not tolerate … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Mr Birling Quotes/ Analysis

An Inspector Calls – Key Quotations

• “Girls of that class” – Mrs Birling• “as a hard-headed businessman” – Mr Birling• “each of you helped to kill her” – Goole• “I suppose we’re all nice people now.” – Sheila• “I considered it my duty” – Mrs B• “I wasn’t satisfied with the girl’s claim… so I used my influence to have it refused.” – Mrs B• “If you don’t come down … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Key Quotations

An Inspector Calls – Class Essay

These are a bit of a jumble, but they cover most of what we have done this week. Choose a play which has, as a central concern, an issue which is of importance in today’s society.State what the issue is and show how the playwright’s handling of the plot and characters increases your understanding of the issue. Para 2 S Sheila reacts with regret/ remorseQ … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Class Essay