An Inspector Calls is about a family called the Birling’s, the play starts off with them celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft. Only to have to cut short by an Inspector Goole who informs them of a death of one Eva Smith. The story An Inspector Calls was written by J. B. Priestly in 1945 but was set in 1912. J. B. Priestly uses the Inspector in a number of ways. Such as showing the other characters a photograph of Eva individually, he pushes them to tell the truth about their part in Eva’s life. J. B. Priestly make the Inspector speak firmly aswell as asking questions he already knows the answers to.
The Inspector also uses entrances and exits for more of the story to be revealed. The first character the inspector speaks to is Mr Birling. Mr Birling played a part in Eva’s suicide by sacking her because she asked for better wages. The inspector shows him a photograph which reminds him of Eva and the strike she was the ring-leader in. Mr Birling does not see how he should be responsible for what happened to Eva after he sacked her. “I can’t accept responsibility”, this tells us that Mr Birling is ignorant, selfish and proves that he cares more about his business than his employees.
Priestley wants the audience to think that men like Me Birling need to get off their high horse and realise what’s going on around them and not just care at they businesses. The inspector was not successful in making Mr Birling feel responsible for his part in Eva’s suicide. Another character the inspector speaks to is Mrs Birling. Mrs Birling used her status in society and refuses to help Eva when she goes her charity for help. The inspector speaks forcefully to her and pushes her with his comments until she says that the father of the baby is responsible.