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An Inspector Calls

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on 10 December 2012

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An Inspector Calls J B Priestly BBC Social & Historical Context http://www.bbc.co.uk/apps/ifl/learningzone/clips/queryengine?ContentType=text%2Fhtml%3B+charset%3Dutf-8&SuppressCaching=1&page=1&pagesize=12&results=search&config=results_pre&attrib_1=SCHOOL_LEVEL_NAME&oper_1=eq&val_1_1=&attrib_2=SUBJECT_NAME&oper_2=eq&val_2_1=&attrib_3=TOPIC&oper_3=eq&val_3_1=&attrib_4=SearchText&oper_4=eq&val_4_1=J.B.+Priestley+-+%27An+Inspector+Calls%27%3A+Historical+Context+%28pt+1%2F3%29 Today... Today... Today... Understand the key social and historical issues which surround the play

Explore Mr Birling as a central character, identifying his character traits and moral viewpoints I don’t want to lecture you two young fellows again. But what so many of you don’t seem to understand now, when things are so much easier, is that a man has to make his own way - has to look after himself - and his family too, of course, when he has one - and so long as he does that he won’t come to much harm. But the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that nonsense. But take my word for it, you youngsters - and I’ve learnt in the good hard school of experience – that a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own. 1)Highlight what you think the key phrases are in this speech.
2)Complete three bullet points that summarise Mr Birling’s beliefs about responsibility: "The happiest night of my life" The atmosphere of gaiety is forced. It's not good that Gerald's parents haven't come.

As Birling's a 'self-made man', he reckons he's shown everyone how they can do it - he hasn't time for weaklings. He's made 'progress' and that's what he believes in.

Sheila's pleased about the ring, but still uneasy about last summer when 'Gerald never came near her'.

The atmosphere of gaiety is forced. It's not good that Gerald's parents haven't come.

Sheila shows by her language that she's not going to be tied down by convention

Eric is very nervous about something. When the curtain rises on the scene of the family celebration, it seems on the surface that everything is right with the Birlings' world and there is a lot to look forward to. But this scene also suggests a subtle sense of unease.

Read the statements below and select two that you think most fully explain this sense of unease. You must have evidence to support your opinions! Copy out the two you have chosen, with the supporting evidence. Investigate the character of the Inspector in Act I, thinking carefully about his methods, attitudes and role in the play.

By the end of the lesson we should:
Have a point and evidence mind map which details the Inspector's attitude towards the birlings
Have added to our role on the wall using group post its
understand how Priestly uses the Inspector within the play Inspector Goole What does he know?

What evidence is there of this?

What effect does he have on the family?

What evidence is there of this?

What does his attitude seem to be towards the Birlings? Investigate Sheila and Gerald's involvement with Eva Smith
Consider how Gerald and Sheila are manipulated by the Inspector Character Timeline...
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