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An Inspector Calls has been described as a play of Social Criticism John Boynton Priestley was an English novelist playwright and journalist who wrote many non-fiction books An Inspector Calls written in 1945 is a satire on middle class-life The play is set in 1912 just two years before the beginning of World War One Priestley chose to use the Birling household for his criticism They are a typical middle class family of that time whose peaceful domain is disrupted by the visit of an inspector The Inspector is the voice of Priestley The main plot is that of thriller Who killed Eva Smith The play is about responsibility for each other and the inspector hopes that the Birling family will realise this by the finale The settings for the play show the audience that the Birlings are obviously a very wealthy family In the opening scene the family are celebrating the engagement of Mr and Mrs Birlings daughter Sheila to Gerald Croft heir to Crofts Limited In the early part of the play we begin to discover what each member family is like Mr Birling is dogmatic he believes that he knows what is best for everyone and that everyone should know their place His predictions such as the Titanic being unsinkable and his reassurances on talk about a war with Germany are hopelessly calamitous and optimisticThe Germans dont want war Nobody wants war except some half-civilised folk in the BalkansThe Titanic-she sails next week - forty six thousand eight hundred tons forty six thousand eight hundred tons - New York in five days every luxury and unsinkable absolutely unsinkableWe all know now that the Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and that there was a war with Germany Priestley does this deliberately to create a bad impression of Birling and to show what he thinks of people like Birling Inspector Goole is a very predominant character and has the same values as Priestley
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