An Inspector Calls
Priestley wrote this play at a time of unrest and war. However, he set his play in 1912, which was a time of ironic optimism. In act one of An Inspector Calls, the Inspector wants to teach the Birling’s That they are responsible for the crime for Example on page eighteen, Gerald- “And we cant help you there because we don’t now”. Inspector- Are sure you don’t know?. As you can see he is using dramatic effects as if he knows that they are the people responsible of the crime.
Priestley’s main concerns were to make the scene look like an interrogating for example The lighting is dim and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it is Brighter as the inspector arrives in the room. To make it seem more like an interrogation. Also at the end of the scene J.B Priestly gets the Inspector to leave the room and return later on in the script. Here is an example of the dramatic irony in the script, Gerald: For God’s sake - Don’t Say anything to the inspector. Sheila: (laughs hysterically) Why - You Fool - he knows. Of course he knows. And I hate to think how much he knows that we don’t know yet. You’ll see, You’ll see. Inspector: Well?
This is a dramatic ending to the Act as you can see Sheila already knows that they are guilty of what they have done.
The Dates of the Story are very odd as the play is set just before World War One. And was written just after World War two, As you can see the Dates are quite odd, this could be the date the Women was born in 1912 died in 1945?
At the start of play when the doorbell ring’s, the characters are quite relaxed thinking its just an Inspector asking for a warrant Mr Birling says okay Edna give us more light as he think’s he has done nothing wrong feeling...