Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to the blog! So, I used to do quite few book reviews, but over the summer I’ve had a bit of a reading slump and have not been reading much. In school, we’ve read an Inspector Calls and it’s kind of been easing me back into reading (and although it’s a play for school, I actually really enjoyed it) so today, I’ll be giving you guys a short review!
An Inspector Calls is definitely a unique story and plot line and albeit being written in the Edwardian period, some of the themes in this play are still really relevant now!
This play is such an interesting story, and I know these days not many people read plays for pleasure (I certainly don’t!) But honestly, if you pick this up, it’s very hard to put back down, as the writer uses so many different techniques to add more mystery and even more layers to the play.
If you do decide to read it, you will sometimes forget it’s even written in play format, just because you can become so engrossed and immersed in the whole play! I know that because as someone who basically never reads plays, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading this – but I was proved wrong because the whole style of this was so interesting!
A big feature of this play is dramatic irony. The main family (The Birling Family) live in upper class England, therefore are so invested in their own ways thinking they’re pompous and know everything. For example, one of the characters state there’s no chance of the war (but we all can see the irony in this!)
Again, I would definitely recommend this play – whether you read plays or not. The story is so exciting, and all I’m going to say is read until the end!
The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city, where a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply in the girl’s undoing.
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