Lit Paper – An Inspector Calls

Right folks! You’ve studied this hard and you get this in your examination, or end of Y11 assessment.

An Inspector Calls

The first and most obvious question I would ask in front of a class of thirty who had studied this play is this…

Which question would you answer?

Please, I cannot reiterate this, DON’T DO BOTH! There’s always one who will and it’s a waste of time and usually means lower grades!

Some think writing about a character alone is easy, but there’s a catch for the Level 3-4 borderline students I teach regularly. How many quotes can you write down right now, about the character mentioned above in 01?

My answer, having read it, studied it, taught it and tutored it recently, is very little. If that would make me struggle, then what will a fifteen year old do? 

The best question to do is the one which asks you to talk or write about that something special from the play, in this case, social class and how it is discussed in the play. 

Yes, there’s still two bullet points. Yes, there is a wider area of thought,  but I would do the following….

  • 1. Make a box plan, with 3 boxes, horizontal
  • 2. In the top box put UPPER CLASS
  • 3. In the middle box put MIDDLE CLASS
  • 4. In the bottom box, add the words WORKING CLASS
  • 5. In each box, add the name of a character and where they fit in
  • 6. arrows from one to the others
  • Try to reflect those who want to social climb upwards

Then begin writing your answer based on the social hierarchy of the time and how the writer (who was a socialist in real life) is making a social commentary about how we treat each other, usually badly. 

Use the chart to work your paragraphs out, following the two bullet points offered. 

Obviously, if you can write two or three paragraphs across the three social classes, then do so.