Priestley, J. B: An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls J.B Priestley The Author: J.B. Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford as son of a schoolmaster. He went to university in Cambridge. Priestley has been writing essays, criticism, novels and plays. He worked as a journalist and broadcaster. He has directed and acted in his own plays as well. J.B. Priestley died in 1984 The Characters: Arthur Birling: A heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in his speech. He is a prosperous manufacturer. A hard-headed, practical man of business. Optimistic he believes in man and in the world developing fast. He is very self-confident. We don t guess we know. He believes in his assessments. Mr. Birling thinks that a man has to mind his own business and look only after himself. Sybil Birling: Arthur s wife. She is a quite cold woman and her husband s social superior. Sheila Birling: The daughter. She is a pretty girl in her early twenties and very pleased with life and exited. Eric Birling: The son of the family. He is in his early twenties, half shy and half assertive. He often drinks too much. Gerald Croft: Gerald is an attractive man about thirty. He is engaged to marry Sheila. Treated like a member of the family. Inspector Goole: The Inspector is about fifty years old. He looks hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking. He behaves in a quite extraordinary way. I said to myself: Well, we ll try to understand why it had to happen. The Setting: ...

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