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In this Play the inspector plays various roles He plays a socialist as he is against capitalist views and because he is not just looking out for himself but others as well Also he is known to be a catalyst as he brings a split in the Birling family He plays a ghost as we find out he is not real Additionally he plays a fraud because he is not a real inspector but he does act as an Inspector The inspector adds a great deal of tension and drama to the play Priestley does this because he brings tension between the younger generation consisting of Sheila and Eric and the older generation consisting of Gerald Mrs Birling and Birling because of the inspector Priestley uses the inspector as a substitute of him self to put his socialist points across this adds drama because we have to think about what he is trying to do The four Birlings and Gerald are happily seated around the dinner table having an enjoyable night celebrating Sheila and Geralds engagement All of them are feeling happy and are comfortable and relaxed and do not seem to have a care in the world but all of that is about to change The scene is set in 1912 which is a pre war time Also this is the time when the suffragettes were fighting for womens rights Additionally this was the time that the Titanic was built The unsinkable ship which ironically sank would set sail in a weeks time The life that the Birlings live is very nice and easy but Priestley is showing how great things always end in disaster like the evening they are having This is also ironic as he starts by telling us how the Titanic was unsinkable and it ended and just like he will go on to tell us how the Birlings lives are good at the moment but this will soon come to
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