Sunday, 4 March 2012

Notes on An Inspector Calls

  • Antithesis: opposition, contrast, the antithesis of right and wrong. The direct opposite (usually followed by 'of' or 'to') 
  • In An Inspector Calls, Birling is the antithesis of Priestley's views. Priestly follows the Labour Party and Birling was a Capitalist. 
  • Also the Inspector is the antithesis of Birling. We can already gather that upon the arrival of the Inspector, Birling has suddenly become quite hesitant due to the Inspector's calm and profound attitude towards duty. 
  • The Inspector is a mouthpiece for Priestley's philosophy, meaning that his views are shown through the Inspector and are used against Birling causing him to look idiotic with the use of dramatic irony. 
  • In the play a protagonist and antagonist are presented. The protagonist is the Inspector, meaning that he the main character and is most perceived to be a hero as is a more prominent figure in the play. The antagonist (which is the complete opposite of protagonist) is Birling, he is lost as a character when under pressure, certain exploits about his business are forced and excessive references to successful people seem pointless. 
  • When the family are explaining their knowledge on the case, the Inspector repeats back to them. This makes what they say seem idiotic and ambiguous. Although this is not for all characters, Sheila and Eric represent youth and show hope. 
  • By the Inspector continuously reminding the family of the situation of the crime, arguments are provoked and tension builds. 

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