Mr 1946,by J.B.Priestley, “An Inspector Calls” leads

Mr Birling in J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls Works Cited Missing Written in 1946,by J.B.Priestley, “An Inspector Calls” leads us into the comfortable and complacent world of the Birling family. The family live in the industrial town of Brumley in 1912. The play takes place in a traditional style Edwardian dining room, Priestley describes the …show more content…
When reading a play we can tell how the words suggest the mood, the language also reveals characters, and there are times when what the character says is in conflict to what the character does. Many of the characters reflect the hypocrisy, which Priestley was condemning. For example, Mrs Birling is a very hypocritical character, she claims she is shocked by the fact that Eric has a drinking problem, but we can tell by her language that she is not as shocked as she makes out, “You don’t get drunk” to which Sheila replies “Of course he does, I told you he did.” (Act 3, Page 50) This could be interpreted in a number of ways, she could be lying to cover up the fact that she knew she had an alcoholic, as she would not have wanted anyone to find out. On the other hand she could have been genuinely shocked, she may have known before and not wanted to believe it, to have this proved in front of her may have been a shock.

Priestly had strong ideas about what the lighting should be like, he wanted to make sure that it was exactly right so the it could help to tell the story and help expose the characters emotions. In the initial stage directions Priestley goes into immense details. Priestley clearly states that “The lighting should be pink and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder.” The intimate lighting would lead