An Inspector Calls - Tasks
Based on the resource [i]An Inspector Calls[/i]
Literary Analysis: Plot, Characters, Theme and Setting
- Watch the video about the plot ( An Inspector Calls - Plot) and explain how Priestley uses the structure of a detective play to tell the story. Is he successful in doing so? Explain why/why not.
- Watch the video about the characters ( An Inspector Calls - Character). Select one of the members of the Birling family and write a character study. Use the text for reference to show how Priestley uses the character to convey his own opinions and attitudes.
- Watch the video concerning themes in the play ( An Inspector Calls - Theme). What do you consider major themes? Explain why. Use examples from the text to verify your answers.
- The play was written during the winter of 1944/45. However, the play is set in the Edwardian past, around 30 years earlier. Why do you think this is so?
- Can you think of other stage plays, films or books which explore concepts of time (e.g. Sliding Doors)?
- Do you think An Inspector Calls has a message for us today? Give reasons for your answer.
- Flip through some English newspapers looking for articles that thematically can be linked to An Inspector Calls. Pretend that you are one of the characters in the play and write a letter to the Editor in response to the article. Remember that the different characters will express themselves differently as to style and content.
- What will happen with the arrival of the real police inspector? Use dialogue and stage directions to show your understanding of character. Write it down and act it out.
- The scandal of the Birling family has hit the headlines of the Daily Gazette. Write the newspaper article.
- Write a literary analysis of the play.
- Write an essay elaborating on themes in the play that you find relevant today.