An Inspector Calls #2020

An Inspector Calls By J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death
  • Title: An Inspector Calls
  • Author: J.B. Priestley
  • ISBN: 9783150092187
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • An Inspector Calls By J.B. Priestley The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl s undoing TheThe action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl s undoing The family, closely knit and friendly at the beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self centered or cowardly, its good humor turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over The surprising revelation, however, is in the inspector
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    1. J.B. Priestley

      John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months then, after going back to the Western Front he suffered the consequences of a German gas attack, and, treated at Rouen, he was declared unfit for active service and was transferred to the Entertainers Section of the British Army When Priestley left the army he studied at Cambridge University, where he completed a degree in Modern History and Political Science Subsequently he found work as theatre reviewer with the Daily News, and also contributed to the Spectator, the Challenge and Nineteenth Century His earliest books included The English Comic Characters 1925 , The English Novel 1927 , and English Humour 1928 His breakthrough came with the immensely popular novel The Good Companions, published in 1929, and Angel Pavement followed in 1930 He emerged, too, as a successful dramatist with such plays as Dangerous Corner 1932 , Time and the Conways 1937 , When We Are Married 1938 and An Inspector Calls 1947 The publication of English Journey in 1934 emphasised Priestley s concern for social problems and the welfare of ordinary people.During the Second World War Priestley became a popular and influential broadcaster with his famous Postscripts that followed the nine o clock news BBC Radio on Sunday evenings Starting on 5th June 1940, Priestley built up such a following that after a few months it was estimated that around 40 per cent of the adult population in Britain was listening to the programme.Some members of the Conservative Party, including Winston Churchill, expressed concern that Priestley might be expressing left wing views on the programme, and, to his dismay, Priestley was dropped after his talk on 20th October 1940 After the war Priestley continued his writing, and his work invariably provoked thought, and his views were always expressed in his blunt Yorkshire style.His prolific output continued right up to his final years, and to the end he remained the great literary all rounder His favourite amiong his books was for many years the novel Bright Day, though he later said he had come to prefer The Image Men.It should not be overlooked that Priestley was an outstanding essayist, and many of his short pieces best capture his passions and his great talent and his mastery of the English language He set a fine example for any would be author.

    661 thoughts on “An Inspector Calls”

    1. An Inspector Calls is a memorable play from the mid 1940s, written by the popular English dramatist J.B Priestley Partly both philosophical and psychological, partly a moral fable, it is one of Priestley s best known works for the stage It deals with issues of exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, within the framework of a detective mystery And just to add a little spice, it also has hints of the supernatural However it is firmly rooted in the English society life of the time, and thus is [...]


    2. Re read this last week and then realized I have never added it to my books This is one of the most satisfyingly riveting plays i have ever read, seen in the theatre three times , watched in film Alastair Sims, goodness only knows how many times listened to on the radio and now I have an audiobook version Thus i can now luxuriate, whenever I feel the need to experience the wonderful schadenfreude of the gradual implosion of the horrendous edifice of arrogance which is the middle class Birling fam [...]


    3. The proscenium stage has a romance of its own You, the spectator, is actually a Peeping Tom, staring into the lives of total strangers through the invisible fourth wall And what lives For on the stage, time and space are usually compressed or telescoped according to the whims and fancies of the playwright Passions are exaggerated on purpose, and action proceeds at an unbelievable pace all the while retaining the semblance of normality this is not essential for an arena stage, where the unreality [...]


    4. An Inspector Calls has themes of responsibility, class structure, and social duty Set in 1912, Arthur Birling, a wealthy factory owner, is celebrating his daughter s engagement to the son of another industrialist The celebration is interrupted by Inspector Goole who is conducting an investigation of the suicide of a working class woman As the Inspector questions the family members in the dining room, it becomes obvious that each person had a connection to the young woman and had treated her badl [...]



    5. With its tightly wound and didactic plot An Inspector Calls is among the finer examples of the play world While not as fanciful or elaborate as some of the greatest works by masters such as Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde in his style Priestly manages to pull off what he must It is in fact the simplicity of his work that creates such an appeal, because it touches at the heart of humanity and society.The narrative of the play delves around a mysterious Inspector who interrupts the celebration of a r [...]


    6. If it were an Agatha Christie, it d sort of be Orient Express crossed with Roger Ackroyd Perhaps she bet Priestley that those two plots couldn t be combined view spoiler Yesterday, I was looking at a review of Princess, a book that claims to expose what life is like for women in Saudi Arabia, and read that it had been debunked Apparently its heroine is now believed to be a composite.That did rather remind me of Priestley s play At the beginning of the story, a prosperous family is visited by the [...]




    7. One of the best crime detective story ever written, period.The story crafting in this play has got to be one of best ever, it had such an intense effect on me The thrill and ominous tension had me on the edge of the seat even though I ve already seen the 2015 TV movie adaptation It speaks volumes about the play itself I love books and movies set in confined space and where there is a lot of dialogue between characters This play is set in a single room, a family is celebrating an engagement and a [...]



    8. Searching desperately for a fall play to direct, I was handed this brilliant bit of writing, and fell hard and fast.It s like when you first see a television show that immediatly hooks you Taut, concise writing that holds you in the moment and a twisting plot line that leaves you guessing until the very end.It s shocking that this book is largely ignored by Americans witness the fact that only a few than 50 people have reviewed it here on Perhaps the setting and tone lend it to commonwealth rea [...]



    9. Includes spoilers.This is such an awful play I m going to try and make something coherent out of this rant, and I m sorry if it s long winded, but I guarantee you that it will be interesting than the entirety of all three acts Ok, so let s start.The play opens up in an upper class English household in 1912 Just in case you couldn t tell, Priestly drops hints about it for the entire scene, including references to the titanic which, incidentally, hasn t sunk yet of course, Birling still knows eno [...]


    10. I first read this play when I was 14 I didn t understand all the socio economic and political issues until I was 19 It was during this period that I became a confirmed socialist or rather left leaning in my politics.When I first read the play I remember a few classmates being confused that one family encountered the same girl, which went beyond coincidence far too contrived This is NOT the case that s just a twist if you had assumed that than you ll not be able to sympathise with Eva Smith s pli [...]


    11. I had to read this for English class and it was actually much better than I expected For starters, although it was set in 1912, a period that I obviously wasn t around in, the dialogue used wasn t particularly hard to understand and it seemed to be quite suited to modern day english I ve never particularly liked reading plays, especially for school so I wasn t keen on reading it but I was pleasantly surprised Granted, I was reading it because I had nothing better to do in a cold, boring english [...]


    12. An Inspector Calls is great As an IGCSE English teacher the text has excellent bits for analysis while maintaining a story that is accessible and interesting for G9 and G10 students The students absolutely loved the play and many listed it as a favorite part of the course At the ending the students were shouting out loud I m not joking at the plot twists Highly recommended as a text for study.The other plays didn t move me as much and are the reason for the four star review When ordering this bo [...]



    13. I remember reading this when I was 10 during my Sherlock Holmes phase I already knew the ending but it was still a fun trip down memory lane.






    14. 4.5 5 starsI enjoyed this play very much.It s well written, easy and quick to read, the characters and the story are relatable and the morale just as morales are supposed to be makes you think I just overall loved this story.



    15. I suppose we re all nice people now Fraught with dramatic irony, this play is fast paced and full of suspense, creating such an intense atmosphere The parents have such a huge inferiority complex that they feel the compulsion to assert their superiority over others one feels he is about to receive knighthood, while the other believes she was just doing her duty They live in denial over Eric s alcoholism, over the secrets they attempt so desperately to hide, and over the truth that glares The one [...]


    16. 11 3 16 Although I kind of saw the ending coming, I really enjoyed this play and am not only looking forward to studying it this year, but reading plays in the future They re so easy to read and pretty insightful, usually.15 4 16 was 5 stars, but i tweaked it bc i was thinking about it and i realized how bad the ending was it s basically making the inspector seem like a totally implausible character, and therefore making the whole idea of socialism seem implausible because the inspector is the [...]


    17. I just found out that the BBC are adapting this for a TV show and I m so excited I studied this for GCSE English last year and I absolutely loved it There s a post on my blog where I ve written about it and chose my dream cast for this play which you can view hereWhen an ex employee of hard headed businessman Mr Birling s kills herself, an Inspector by the name of Goole shows up and starts asking questions It seems that everyone in the Birling family had some part in Eva Smith s suicide.It s a w [...]



    18. It does its job The play starts off with a plan that the audience can immediately see the outcome of switching between the different family members until the story of Eva Smith is slowly pieced together Where the play does its best is where the dramatic irony kicks in strongly, and there s definitely a lot of conflict that the audience can tap into However, where it falls short is at the point where it becomes too preachy on the subject of socialism There are a lot of repeated beats, and many re [...]


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