An inspector Calls
An inspector calls was written in 1945, therefore ahead of the time it has been set. The play has “lasting appeal” for audiences in 1945 and 2014 as many of the key areas within the play are still relevant in our society. To identify the plays lasting appeal, I will be exploring its themes, characters, sense of morality, political ideology, setting and dramatic devices.
Within an inspector calls, there are many different types of characters who are presented to the audience, all with contrasting personalities. Mr birling is the head of the family, and a capitalistic Business man. His views are firmly based on the political ideology that he supports, capitalism. Although, within our current era, many countries within Europe also support capitalism, within the play it shows the beginning of this political view and how Mr Birling portrays it in the play. Mr Birling’s Capitalistic judgments within the play create an atmosphere of lasting appeal for the audience, as Mr Birling believes himself to be correct in whatever topic of conversation he participates in. This can be clearly shown when he comments on how Germany does not want to wage war with other European countries “And to that I say – fiddlesticks! The Germans don’t want war!”... This comment can come across arrogantly, and creates an image of pompous and ignorance that the viewing audience can see
Another contrasting personality was the inspector. Described as creating “an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness”; the inspector grows as the stories of each character are revealed. He remains intact as each of them breaks down, and nothing the others can do or say distracts him from his purpose. He arrives just after Mr Birling has been setting out his view of life that every man must only look out for himself. Throughout the play he demonstrates how people are responsible for how they affect the lives of others and his views are summarised in his visionary and dramatic final...