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An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley was written in 1945 at the end of the Second World War The play itself however is set in 1912 the time before the First World War Themes often used by Priestley in his plays are that of the effects of an individuals actions over time and that of individual and collective responsibilities for actions and the results of those actions Both of these themes appear throughout and are used to great effect in An Inspector Calls The play is set in the fictional northern industrial town of Brumley where the Birling family are enjoying an evening meal in celebration of the engagement of Mr and Mrs Birlings daughter Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft Mr Birling is a businessman who has become rich making a lot of money in the business and is hoping for a knighthood He is pompous arrogant and self-centred Mrs Birling his wife is also self-centred She is cold hearted and socially correct Sheila Birling at the beginning of the play is very happy with herself and is enjoying the attention she is getting Her character changes dramatically during the play Eric Birling is the son of Mr and Mrs Birling and he is a drunkard immature and like all the others self-centred His character also changes throughout the play but not as much as Sheilas Gerald Croft is the son of Mr Croft a rival businessman whose business is larger than Mr Birlings and who is socially superior to Birling and already has a knighthood Gerald is content with his lot in life and is self assured and well mannered The cosy atmosphere around the dinner table is interrupted by the sudden arrival of a police inspector who makes the shock announcement of a suicide of a young woman Eva Smith This Inspector Goole then proceeds to show how each of the characters bears some responsibility for her demise during the course of
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