An inspector Calls is regarded by many as a very well made play. But I will see whether that is actually true given the information I have. A. E. Scribe, (Augustine Eugine) set out to find out what made a well-made play. He wrote himself, over 300 plays. Most of the he devised from the Greek plays that he had read. All of his plats were written following these seven points, they were all successful, so they appeared to work. Another version of a great play came from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher. His idea was also popular and was the main back round for Scribes idea. He believed in the Greek unities, time, space and action.
It should be set in real time; all the action should take place on one scene, and to only have one story line running through. This was also known as realism. The seven points that A. E. Scribe believe to be the ingredients for a well-made play are Exposition-The opening, Entrances and exits, the ‘Obligatory scene’, when a secret is revealed, the climatic curtain- to add suspense, mistaken identity, plot – meaning that there must only be one plot and that it must not branch off, and finally the denouement, a conclusion, the ending, the characters show how they have reacted to the event and how they have changed in comparison.
I will be weighing these up with the play to see if ‘An Inspector Calls is truly an example of a well-made play. The exposition is at the start of a play. The Exposition is when you find out about the characters before the main action has happened, what their lives were like before. It subtily leads you in the action. It also shows contrast to what they are like before and after. The opening is set in a dining room of a rich family, they are sitting down to dinner and the conversation is light and friendly.
The first character that speaks is Arthur Birling, he an upper-middle class citizen, but it is obvious that he would like to be upper class and is envious of the Croft family. ‘It’s a pity Sir George and -err -Lady Croft can’t be with us,’ His hesitation before saying the word Lady almost suggests that he didn’t want to say it, as if he too would like to be upper class. Gerald Croft isn’t a Birling, but he wishes to marry Sheila so he is being polite and acting nice. He is acting nice in order to make the Birling family like him.
He is speaking in a polite tine so they will appreciate it. He is also bring complimentary to show that he is actually a very nice person and will want Sheila’s parents to give them their blessing. What you don’t know is that he actually had an affair last summer so he isn’t actually as nice as you think he is. Sheila is happy, playful and is in a playful and is in a good mood. ‘(Half serious, half playful. )’ This saying that she does genuinely mean what she is saying it’s just she is in such a good mood, and doesn’t want to ruin the light, happy atmosphere in the room.
The playful suggests that she is actually quite immature. She is a rich girl and is very happy. But last summer she got a lower-class girl fired because she was jealous of her Eric is drunk and childish. ” Eric: I don’t know-really. Suddenly I felt I just had To laugh Sheila: your squiffy! ”’ Squiffy means drunk, so Sheila is telling us that he is drunk and that is the reason that he just laughed. He could also have laughed because Sheila and Gerald were talking romantically which he may have found funny, which shows his immaturity.
What you don’t know is that he is a drunk and sleeps around with women. Mrs Birling is a good mood and is decent towards them all. She is a bit embarrassed that she doesn’t cook for them. ‘Mr Birling: Lovely meal, tell cook from me. Mrs Birling: Arthur you shouldn’t say such things!!! ‘ This suggests that she is embarrassed by the fact that she doesn’t play a very active role as a wife or mother as most women did in those times. She doesn’t want Gerald to find out as she thinks that he will think less of her if she doesn’t.