The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Currently, I’m still reading this novel, progressing past the halfway point. This story revolves around the perspective and thoughts of the main character, Holden Caulfield. I have a few thoughts and personal interpretation on his personalities. Firstly, I do not find Holden to be as whiny/annoying as many people make him to be, in contrast I feel he is pretty humorous and friendly. However I do find him to be a a hypocrite as he commonly accused people to being a phony, ironically Holden is probably the biggest phony in this novel. This is evidence as he often tries to fake his true intention as well as not using his real name in certain circumstances. Furthermore, Holden is actually from a decent family, having gone to a private school and have some depressed perspective on life. Throughout the story he is seen to be lonely with have no true friends, however he does show a great affection for his siblings, the only few people that he describes with only positive description

You never saw a little kid so pretty and smart in your whole life. She’s really smart. I mean she’s had all A’s ever since she started school. As a matter of fact, I’m the only dumb one in the family. My brother D.B.’s a writer and all, and my brother Allie, the one that died, that I told you about, was a wizard. I’m the only really dumb one.

This is my favorite quote as it really show the more humble of Holden, and how he still fell alienated even in his family. I enjoyed how he really cares about his siblings, you can really feel the love that he shows towards them.

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Question about ‘An Inspector Calls’

1. At the beginning, Arthur Birling is resented as a highly respected person and is classified as the sort of person who looks down at others below them. It is made obvious that Birling did not believe in, ‘treat others the way you want to be treated.’ Hence, Birling looked down at others that were lower than him and treated them as if they were nothing. The way he talked about firing people and his company so casually as if it wasn’t a big was the biggest giveaway that Birling was a highly respected person as he could disrespect others so much without having to worry about his image.

However, as the play progresses, the inspector keeps on catching Birling off guard. Birling would ask the inspector if he was trying to disrespect him and the inspector would answer honestly. As, if it was another person talking to Birling, the person would not retaliate against him, but just go along with what Birling said. They wouldn’t want to anger a man with such powers, unlike the inspector.

After the inspector left in act 3, when the inspector left they thought that it was all a joke; since they asked the police force if there was an inspector Goole and the said, ‘no’. They thought that it could have been just something that happened to them and no one would find out about it so it wouldn’t damage their image. Everyone started to relax and Birling slowly becomes full of himself again. He acted as if the inspector did not just undermine him so much that it damaged his self-esteem.


2. He followed the same outlines as it would normally. It sort of moves from one end to the other. As the story moves along the people within the room, the audience finds out more and more about each of the characters and true story behind everything.

*I’m not too sure about this question*


3. The play was based in a whole century ago, hence, things were done very differently now compared to then. The fact that nowadays, the police force would be very careful as to who they send. Also for a inspector to come, they would require ID and all sorts identifications to assure the client who the inspector actually is.

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The Catcher in the Rye – Dear Entry

Over the previous days, I began reading The Catcher in the Rye, and although I have only read several pages, I find it rather pleasurable thus far. The novel commences with the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, recounting his story at Pencey Preparatory – a private school in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. From reading the opening sentence of the novel, the reader gets dragged into Holden’s world, where they can follow his exact thought processes, as well as the ups and downs of his life. By using first person to narrate the novel, it creates a subjective style from the point of view of Holden, which allows us to be in his shoes. This novel evolves around major issues of identity, belonging, loss and alienation.

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules” (page 9).

I particularly liked this line in the novel. This line is excerpted from the conservation between Mr Spencer, Holden’s history teacher, and Holden. Spoken by Mr Spencer, it is addressed to Holden when he pays him a visit. I find this line significant, as it brings an insight into Holden’s world and conveys to the reader the circumstances he is situated in. “Life is a game” implies the competition involved, as well as the sense that one can either win or lose in the game. Moreover, life is about making incorrect decisions then starting over, acquiring knowledge from previous failures and utilising them to ensure you win the game or gain the best results. Mr Spencer is encouraging Holden to not succumb to his current circumstances and instead, to give it another shot. Not only does this encouragement apply to Holden, but is further conveyed to the reader – to inspire and spark a flare of hope in those who are situated in obnoxious circumstances.

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Allegiant – April

Allegiant is the book I have been reading. I have been reading others book but recently I came back to this book. Unlike other books in the Divergent trilogy, this book is written from the perspective of Tris and Tobias. This quote was said by Tobias in the book:

“I have never had parents who set good examples, parents whose expectations were worth living up to, but she did. I can see them within her, the courage and the beauty they pressed into her like a handprint.”

Tobias was talking about Tris in this sentence. I really liked the metaphor about how Tris’s courage and beauty was like a handprint by her parents. This is because when I think of a handprint, I think of DNA and genetic things. So I can see what the author meant by how Tris adopted her parent’s courage and beauty. Therefore when I read this quote I thought it just clicked (do you ever feel like that?)

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Lesser’s play review review

In Wendy Lesser’s review of An Inspector Calls, she focuses on the details of the production and constantly directs the reader’s attention to the subtle connections made between the audience and the characters of the play. Wendy Lesser refers to extremely intricate parts of the play; she writes about the gestures made by the characters, their dialogue, the sound and light effects, etc. In one particular mentioning of Inspector Goole, Lesser makes the link between the Inspector’s surname and the word “ghoul.” “We needn’t harp on the Inspector’s surname – the play, in any case, spells it out for us. (Literally. We are twice told that his name is G-O-O-L-E, as if to assure us by negation that it is really G-H-O-U-L)” (33). This points to the specificity of Lesser’s analysis of the entire theatrical production. Wendy Lesser creates such an elaborate analysis of Priestly’s play, that the reader may feel in awe of the great amount of hidden or deeper meanings behind bits and pieces of the presentation.

In addition, the detailed examination of a single gesture made by Edna in the play further demonstrates how much attention Lesser gives towards the theatrical work. “Edna raises her arm toward the house, a gesture that seemingly causes the whole building to crack open down a vertical seam in its front…This produces additional light, and more importantly, it produces clarity: for the first time, we can fully see and comfortably hear characters whose conversation has thus far come through to us only in fragmented, muffled bits. In this respect, Edna functions in this scene as our servant” (33). Lesser suggests that as the audience of the play, one can feel that the Birlings at certain points of the production represent themselves. What the author of the review puts forward is the relationship between the characters of the play and the audience. In a broader perspective, Lesser makes the connection that in good theatrical productions, each piece is significant as it is open to various interpretations and provide the audience with meaning and purpose which perhaps we could relate to. Using An Inspector Calls as an example, she concludes that emotion and empathy is required to be felt in good theatrical productions and “coming together in a theater, we are asking to share something with those around us and those onstage.”

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Wendy Lesser’s Review of An Inspector Calls

In Wendy Lesser’s review of An Inspector Calls was similar in a few ways to Jeffery Miller. They both spoke highly of the play however her review was slightly more detailed and focuses on different aspects. Lesser went into a lot of detail about Inspector Goole. She believes that the director of the play and the Inspector were similar in a way.

This interpretation of An Inspector Calls was directed by Stephen Daldry. Lesser seemed to “understand” what the director wrote in a different way than most plays. She felt as though the director made good use of the lights and stage which made the performance more enjoyable for her.

I mostly agree with the comments that Wendy made. For example, she states how Sheila and Eric were wanting their parents to confess to anything they did before the inspector got the information out of them the hard way.

Both Miller and Lesser’s reviews were raving, however I found that Miller’s was a little more one sided than Lesser’s. In my opinion, he tried to criticize the characters without fulling looking at the play while Lesser delved in deep and really got the right story about the characters

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An Inspector Calls: A Lesser Review

When I was finished the part epic part review and retired to the hospital to treat for my great journey to the end of the page, I couldn’t help but notice a connection between Lesser’s own review, to Miller’s.  Likewise to Miller, Lesser only sees Gerald as a highly-toted aristocrat with ‘the attitude of a master’, an attribute someone like Birling would posses. Both reviews are highly contradictory to the Gerald character our class has come to know, and I’d say that both are wrong. Unlike Miller’s review, however, Lesser did provide some sort of evidence to support her assertion, which was that Gerald didn’t see the extras like Sheila did. This may be due to Daldry’s own error, as he himself didn’t give Gerald’s actor any instruction in regards to the extras, which built on his aristocratic, ‘Geraldish’ behaviour.  Also, both pointed out the ‘defiance’ of sorts that the younger generation put up against the older beings.

Despite the one minor resemblance between the reviews, Lesser’s review on a whole was more in depth, though her review does rival the length of Ulysses. Lesser noted the how Goole in fact sounded like ghoul, with the slight assumption of him possibly being Casper’s own kind. She also talks about Edna’s importance in the play, one character which I really never thought more than just a support’s supporting character. As if to further proves Edna’s part in the whole Smith suicide debacle, Lesser groups Edna with Sheila and Eric as the ‘likeable, comparatively heroic figures’

The best part of the review in my opinion was how Lesser identified the importance of the new beginning. As I wrote on my reflection on Miller’s review, I all but denounced Daldry’s change the start of An Inspector Calls, and asked if the play itself benefited at all to the new beginning. It did. Lesser explains perfectly how the beginning built on the older beings outright refusal to acknowledge an extra, and regard them as ‘simply and element in the portentously disturbing atmosphere’. In short, I found Lesser’s review to be far less enjoyable than Miller’s, largely, and well, wholly responsible for by the length. The redeeming factor though, is how she refuted Plato’s ‘attack on drama’ by contradicting his age old reasoning by saying yes, fictional plays do have a value of truth in the real world, which is, if it were up to my guess and that’s never good, the purpose of An Inspector Calls.

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A Review on An Adaption of A Playwright’s Play

A Review of a Review of a Play by J. B. Priestley
An Inspector Calls

Review of Wendy Lesser’s Inspection – An Inspector Calls review

Wendy Lesser’s review of Stephen Daldry’s adaption of J. B. Priestly’s An Inspector Calls starts with detailed descriptions of the introduction of the play. He uses precise, accurate language to describe each detail of the opening.

He emphasizes the fact the the opening lines of Daldry’s adaption does not start off the way it is supposed to be. “All right, Edna. I’ll ring from the drawing room when we want coffee. (P31.Para3)” In my opinion, this line shows his disappointment towards the adaption of the play, but he praises everything else. Just the introduction of the preview shows his appreciation of the unique background music that sets the mood, the lighting, the set design, and many more.

Even though I already know about the Goole-Ghoul confusion, but this review made me think of something more. In here, it talks about how ghoul means something that does not exist, it is something that has been created by the Birling’s own minds. What if detective Goole was nothing but just a fake, a fantasy, a figment of the imagination — then he never existed at all.

“He wasn’t an inspector,” Arthur Birling said, he isn’t a real inspector. Then they receive a phone call with another inspector on the way. What if Goole isn’t a real thing, it is a guilt within the Billings + Croft?

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Wendy Lesser’s Review

Compared to Jeffrey Miller’s review, this is a ton more detailed, providing more description on the setting and stage directions. Being more in depth, it also contains more points and analysis in contrast to Jeffrey Miller’s review. Furthermore, she did a fine job in describing each of the characters; However, I felt Jeffrey Miller won in this aspect as I felt he did a better job in describing the character. Reading both the text and what other people have written, they all mentioned that Gerald was not described by both reviewers accurately. This got me to start thinking, maybe it isn’t Jeffrey Miller or Wendy Lesser error in thinking of Gerald as a snob, but it could be Daldry’s adaptation that made Gerald less innocent compare to how Priestly wanted Gerald to be.

Moving on to another interesting bit I found from her analysis is how she further relate to Inspector Goole being fake. When I first watched the Movie, I was most interested in who exactly this “Inspector Goole” really is. Was he a hoaxer? Or was he a gimmick created by a friend of Eva Smith? Another theme in the play that i only realize through reading her review is that higher class reluctance and inability to follow their lower order. Aden Gillet the actor who played Gerald mentioned that ” My character just doesn’t see them-wouldn’t know how to react”. This line shows the ignorance of the upper class not looking at the maids and waitress as people but more like tools.

Overall, I round this to be a worthwhile read, as I have understood the play slightly better than before.

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Lesser’s review on An Inspector Calls

After carefully reading Lesser’s review on An Inspector Calls, I realized that she got into depth and detailed description of the characters and storyline than to Miller’s review, so then that provokes more intense questions to the reader. For instance, she recommended how we don’t exactly know if the Inspector showed the same photograph to all of the members in the Birling family. It was obvious that he didn’t show the picture to them all at once, but no one had the proof that the picture was the same or different each time the Inspector showed it to them. I don’t exactly approve that what Lesser is saying is correct, but I also don’t disagree with that point. Lesser also commented on some question that we’ve discussed in class, like: was Inspector Goole a real Inspector?

I concentrated on reading her observation to each character’s actions and intension for needing to hear the others’ confessions. It has a sequence to the personality of each character when they find out they might be part of the suicide, and the writer writes it such ways to attract the audience’s attention to the characters feelings and have sympathy for them or anger. Like having “Inspector Goole essentially being a director of the whole act”. It’s kind of surprising because Mr. birling is supposed to be like the instructor instead the Inspector had taken control.

Wendy has described Goole’s speech in a abnormally distinct way, I quite liked it. Overall, I agreed with most of the opinions Lesser stated, mostly because she described how the author created an image to the reader about leading the characters into one direction and not letting them find out what really happened in the end. Like when Shelia already knew the truth and were begging her parents to admit the truth, at first they kept talking then in the end they regret saying what they said about Eric.

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Lesser’s review on An Inspector Calls

Miller’s review on the characters were much more negative as compared to Lesser’s review on the characters. For every character in the play, he pointed out the flaws and bad side of them. For example, he described Sheila Birling to be “high-bred, conscience-stricken daughter” and Eric Birling “spoiled and neglected”. Lesser on the other hand expressed that both Shelia and Eric were “likeable, comparatively historical figures”, stating that she is able to see the “silent figures”(the working force), also “recalling the girl’s (Eva Smith’s) inerictable death, when the others” tried to “forget or ignore it”. In this case, Lesser is trying to show the audience that Sheila was very different from her family. She was empathetic and cared about the working class, unlike her parents who were more concerned about their reputation and business.


One thing I found rather interesting was that Lesser emphasized a lot about Edna the Birling’s housemaid in the play. Although she is a minor in the play, she is the one who “initiates one of the most dramatically spectacular moments in the production”. Her announcement to the Birlings on the arrival of the Inspector starts the tension and argument seen later on in the interrogation of the Birlings. Among the characters, she is the one who has the most movements. She is the one “fetching and carrying bucketfuls of water”, “taking his (Inspector Goole’s) coat while the family chatters on idly”, “rolling out the carpet for the imperious lady to step on” and more. She is also one of the more favoured character in the play.

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An Inspector Calls – Review by Wendy Lesser

While reading Lesser’s review, i noticed some things that were not on the previous review of Jeffery Miller. For example, the fact that Lesser mentioned what we mentioned in class – the interplay between the Inspector’s name G-O-O-L-E and the word G-H-O-U-L, but Miller didn’t mention anything of the sort. The idea has crossed my mind that GOOLE sounds just like GHOUL, Which Lesser says it implies he is a ghost. But she does not say, however, that The inspector could be some kind of angel (also a supernatural being), a God; we get this through his knowledge that he know everything, even before it actually happened.

Another thing i thought she was correct in saying was how “the younger Birlings pointedly contradict their parents”. The younger generating – Sheila and Eric Birling – have a different way of viewing what happened. They don’t just believe in the facts, like Lesser says, they believe in reality and that we are each responsible for each other’s actions. The two generations contradict each other, as Lesser states, “Evidence and perception, illusion and disillusionment, response and individual belief”. I agree with her on this fact. She also states that “Sheila… [is the] most sympathetic figure in the family”, and i have the same opinion about this.

It has come to my attention that both reviews we read talked about the beginning scene and how it had a powerful effect, even though it wasn’t written in J. B. Priestly’s script. From reading both reviews, I still don’t wuite understand the affect of having children appear in the first scene. Should the first scene be captivating and interesting? (sort of like an essay?) The explosion at the end also struck me  in a sense that i didn’t really get what it was needed.

Daldry’s adaptation fo Edna really hit me. She was not very similar to the version we saw. Personally, I prefer the movie version we watched. I don’t agree to the fact the Lesser called Edna a “heroic figure”. She also states that Edna i capable os see ing the fure and perceiving whats not yet happened. I also don’t think that Edna plays such a big role in the play that she is like Sheila and Eric of the younger society generation.

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Wendy Lesser’s Review

After reading Wendy’s review of, An Inspector Calls, I feel as if, both the reviews we had read are very similar. They both talk about the characters, but I feel as if Wendy concentrated more on the inspector, and she said he was the most important character. I strongly agree with her assertion, because with out the Inspector’s straight forward points the play wouldn’t be as strong to if the inspector was a normal inspector that is nice to his client.

In Wendy’s review she talked about how Daldry set up the stage, and how it should have a lighter background or a different stage light. Whereas, Miller didn’t comment on this in his review.

In her review she said that “Well he inspected us, all alright” a quote by sheila,  as the funniest line in the play. I agree with this because, Sheila kept on warning her mum to be careful of what she was saying, and she never listened. I feel that line is quite Ironic because the inspector didn’t really need to know the answers to his questions, because he already knew them. Which makes me wonder why the Inspector even came to inspect them anyway.

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Review by Wendy Lesser – An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls is a famous play and has been directed many different times to create many different atmospheres and thoughts that vary from each other. Sometimes the play is presented in a way that is dislikes by the audience, however, other times the play may be presented in a more intriguing manner that satisfies the audience. In this case Wendy lesser viewed the play when it was directed by Stephen Daldry at the Royale Theatre (New York) during 1994.

The reviewed focused on the characters instead of the story line, however, Daldry mentioned that that those the script changed from cliche to melodramatic within seconds, its not the hardest part of the play. The setting of the play is the most difficult. I found that questioning as Priestley had mentioned that it was set within a small dinner area quit enclosed. Though with the amount of exits that is mentioned it gives the readers the idea that it may be place at a more open area.

I was quite surprised when the inspector was said to be somewhere between a play-writer and a director. I never viewed him as more than a character. But now that it was mentioned, it changed my mindset of the play. I realised that the inspector does drive the characters in a direction that would suit his liking and he basically shaped the entire play. He built up the characteristics of each character without the audience really realising until the end. Which tend to be the directors job.

Overall, I found myself agreeing with most of the points Lesser stated. One was the fact that towards the end, guilt all that was felt for Shelia and Eric. They both begged for their parents to admit the truth. The strategies she kept on mentioning also makes you wonder which of the characters you as the audience can relate to or be compared to the most. It makes you wonder if you are a Author Birling who believed he had not done anything wrong or a Shelia who just wanted everyone to tell the truths so they can al take the blame of their action without digging themselves a deeper hole


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An Inspector Calls – Wendy Lesser’s review

Wendy Lesser and Jeffrey Miller’s reviews had their similarities and differences.

The main difference was that Lesser’s review was much more detailed. Also, Lesser wrote more ideas of why Daldry used different light or background for his play. On the other hand, Miller did not write anything about why he thought Daldry used it and how he feels about it.

I thought it was quite impressive how Lesser realised the little details Daldry made to the play. For example, Lesser wrote about how the lighting designer, Rick Fisher, would move a silent extra six inches upstage so that the light could catch his face in a certain way. I like the information she told us because now I know a little more about what it is like to me the crew making the play. Not the audience watching the play. This part really caught my attention.

In Lesser’s writing, she mentioned how the funniest line of the play was by Sheila: ” Well he inspected us, all right”. I disagree with her because I do not see how this line is funny. I thought it was just a line Priestly put in his play to describe Sheila’s sympathetic towards Eva Smith and how the whole society works.

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Wendy Lesser

An inspector calls is a very intriguing play from 1945. An inspector calls is one of those plays which asks yourself a lot of questions. That is why there have been many reviews on the play which shows peoples opinions on what believe the mysterious inspector is like etc. Both Jeffery Miller and Wendy Lesser have positive reviews of the play, An inspector calls. But both Jeffery Miller and Wendy Lesser focus on different parts of the play. Example Wendy Lesser in his review talks a fair bit about how the inspector sounds like he is possibly the director, while also being a actor in the play. The inspector makes me think that he could possible be the ‘director’ because the inspector really makes the whole play flow. Example with him asking questions. Jeffery miller believes that Gerald Croft is a “one-dimensional slimball.” This was obvious just in jeffery millers thoughts because Wendy Lesser focuses on how the inspector is like the director.

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An Inspector Calls – Jeffery Miller’s Review

After I read Jeffery Miller’s review. I did not agree with how he described some of the play’s character. Such as: Gerald and Eric.

In the review, Miller described Gerald’s character as “one-dimensional slime ball”. I believe the character Gerald Priestly displayed in his play is not the same as what Miller described. In Priestly’s play, it is strongly suggested that Gerald felt guilty for cheating on Sheila and regret not taking care of Eva Smith. In Miller’s description, Gerald is described as unsympathetic and cheated on Sheila purposely. Another character I disagree with Miller is Eric. Miller explained him as “the spoiled and neglected son”. The reason I do not agree with this idea is because he stole money from his father’s company, if he was spoiled then he could have just asked his parents for money and they would say yes. Even though he would have to come up with a good excuse but their parents would accept since he is a “spoiled” son. Although i do not agree with him being spoiled, I agree with how he is neglected. This is shown when Gerald and Mr. Birling refused to tell him what they were joking about at the dinner table.

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Wendy Lesser’s Review on An Inspector Calls

Lesser’s review was similar to that of Jeffrey Miller’s. However is was got more into depth of the plot  and characters than that of the latter. Lesser takes into account the possibilities that could have occurred if some things were altered. For example, she comments on how we don’t really know if  the Inspector showed the same photograph to all the members of the Birling family. This thought has actually crossed my mind before but I never paid much attention to it as I thought it was highly unlikely, but after reading this review it has made me ponder though old thoughts and new ones gathered by it. Lesser also commentates on the following questions: who was this Inspector Goole? Was he even a real inspector? And if he was not a member of the Brumley police force, why should they believe any part of the story he wove? I had a hard time deciphering if wether or not he was a genuine inspector. It does occur to me that he may not be involved at all with the police but as some say, he was indeed a genuine fake. I agree with Lesser’s point of view on Sheila Birling, and how she was the most responsible and sympathetic member of the family, no questions to it. Another thing she also said that i admire was “Indeed, it is only by separating the two (the guilt and the death) that Daldry and Priestley can lure us into feeling guilty”.

One thing that surprised me was how Lesser picked up on one tiny ‘error’ (shall we call it) in Priestly’s play, and that was the set. The whole story takes place in the dinning room (we are not quite sure of the size) but the fact that she noticed where the phone call would come from strike me as differently, she is quite observant. I quite like the questions she raised later on as well: How real are they to us? And How real are the feelings they produce in us? It helps me contemplate the effects the play has on us audience. I also really agree to her observation: each character’s motive for wanting to hear the others’ confessions bears a striking resemblance to an audiences’s ghoulish interest. It had never really occurred to me to apply the characters to what we audiences are feeling/thinking. Similar to what Jeannie has said, Lesser’s comment on Inspector Goole essentially being a director surprises me. I wouldn’t have taken most of the things she has mentioned into serious account. This statement has somewhat brightened my understanding of the importance of the inspector; I couldn’t coincide more on this view.

I really enjoyed how Lesser described Goole’s speech: rapid-fire, oddly uninflected, in a rhythmically pronounced way. Also how she observed that during a certain part of the play, the roles seemed to be reversed so the audience were “spotlit” and the actors in “darkness”. Most people, including me, wouldn’t think of it in this manner but I admire that she did. The fact that Lesser took notice of Edna’s importance enlightens me, it make me see a different side of her character as opposed to what the original play portrays. Lesser comments on how in one part of Daldry’s play, Edna somewhat becomes our servant as she executes things for our benefits, like the lighting for example.

I quite liked one specific thing she mentioned: “The specific detail both matter intensely and didn’t matter at all.” Which is very much true.

Wendy Lesser goes into more depth of the details about the set and especially more about the Inspector, which is something Jeffrey Miller left aside. Miller reviewed more on the Birling family more than the play as a whole. Lesser went to great depths to make sure she covered every significant and not so significant points, however both mentioned deeply about the way Inspector Goole meanders his ‘victims’. Miller also utilized more sophisticated and ‘harder’ words than Lesser did in her review, hers seems a little less formal. Nonetheless it is still a great review with outstanding and unimaginable points/views on the play.

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Wendy Lesser’s Review on An Inspector Calls

Similarly, Wendy Lesser highly praised Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls in the same manner as Jeffery Miller had. However, Lesser leads our attention to details that Miller did not pinpoint, which further provokes thoughts and questions within us. “The Inspector himself fills a role somewhere between that of a play-wright and that of a director.” I was somehow enlightened by this statement, since I never viewed Inspector Goole as anything more than an Inspector – a fabricated character. Nevertheless, without the role of the Inspector, An Inspector Calls would only exist as a plain script without a director.

Additionally, Lesser points out that “a central form of obliviousness in An Inspector Calls is the wealthy characters’ inability to perceive the lower orders” and those who are less privileged than the Birlings. Lesser further refers to and makes connection with the audience/reader by alluding to the homeless beggars who are always existing, “whether in Times Square of under Waterloo Bridge”. Through this reference and connection, she raises the question that whether or not we are oblivious to those who are less privileged than us, like the wealthier characters in An Inspector Calls are?

I was rather struck by Lesser’s interpretation of the housemaid Edna and her significance in the play. Instead of keeping Edna offstage as Priestley’s stage directions have specified, Daldry insists to keep her onstage for the entire play. He offers us a contrasting point of view regarding the significance of Edna, in which Lesser states that she is compatible with Sheila and Eric Birling – the younger generation who is “capable of seeing the future, of perceiving what’s not yet there.”

Furthermore, she states that “Gerald Croft never sees the silent figures at all” and that his actions imply class invisibility which conveys “the attitude of a master who can ‘just ignore’ his servants.” Likewise, Jeffery Miller views Gerald Croft as an “one-dimensional slimeball”. However, both judgements are contradictory and incompatible with the Gerald we have interpreted thus far. He certainly sees the “silent figures” and those who are less privileged than him, which is the exact opposite of being oblivious to their presence as Lesser has declared. An instance of this is his passionate relationship with Daisy Renton and despite the fact that she belongs to the lower, working class, he does not appear to be troubled at all. In conclusion, Lesser’s review is not only informative, but collectively enlightening and thought-provoking.

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An Inspector Calls: Review

I agreed with most of Jeffery S. Miller’s opinions. For example, I believe that his view and interpretation of the actions of both Sheila and Eric were correct as well as the descriptions used, “high bred conscience-stricken daughter… spoiled and neglected son” are very realistic and portray the characters in a befitting manner. Also using the description pompous patriarch seems to be tailored to suit Mr Birling.  However, I disagree to the opinions of Inspector Goole. Firstly, I do not believe that Inspector Goole was rarely cool or removed from his inquiry. Instead I believe he was the exact opposite. I think that his manner was more ‘get it over with’ and he acted in such a way that he knew all the answers so it required him to do very little speaking and only slight nudges showing a removed manner. Also I think that the inspector did not, “pounce on them with teeth-bared severity” but state each line with a hurried tone like he wished everything would finish much quicker.

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Informative and agreeable

The theatre review offers many new insightful perspectives on the play previously unnoticed by me. The fact that Daldry opened the scene with children relics and listening to the radio was a creative way to start. The story goes into reverse order and what Miller said about it I thought was quite interesting: “ from the initial safety of distance and time.” Safety from what?

One thing I particularly agree with is how through nuances we managed to show sympathy for adulterer. “These sibling symbolise all the rights and privileges of inherited position”. I hadn’t noticed before but I agree. I found the review all in all very informative and agreeable.

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Different perspectives

“An Inspector Calls” is a play which I actually hadn’t had the opportunity to even know about before it was presented in literature class. The review we were given today regarding the acted out play was very interesting; it provides us with different perspectives. So far, we have only witnessed one version of the play being interpreted. Therefore, this essay is enriching us. I wasn’t aware of the fact that play directors allowed themselves to interpret plays so differently. After having read and studied the original script composed by J.B. Priestley in 1903, it seems as if  Daldry’s  version of “An Inspector Calls” includes add-ons and transformations. I want to attend an “An Inspector calls” play sometime as the witness’s description gives it a nice feeling. Although I am unsure whether theatrical plays are still carried out in this way since we are almost a couple decades ahead of that account.

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An Inspector Calls : Review by Jeffrey Miller

Generally I agreed with the analysis of each characters, theme and emotions. What I find inspiring is his accurate use of each vocabulary, not for the sake of using “fancy words” but to keep the article short and precise. Another thing is his able to describe each character characteristic with less than a sentence. What made me somewhat unsatisfied with his review is that the lack of criticism, as he barely touch on what could be improve from the production.Daldry’s adaptation have some varying facts and portrayal from the original play as the beginning was (unnecessary) added into the play. Another difference is the portrayal of Gerald, as in this play he is portray more like Arthur Birling, more opportunistic and more despicable. However, after thinking through this alternate characterization, I found myself quite fond of this idea as it would bring more arrogance and heartlessness thoughts towards the upper class. Jeffrey Miller have indeed convinced me into agreeing with his description.

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Jeffrey Miller’s Review on An Inspector Calls

Jeffery Miller highly commended Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls, describing it as “more than the removal of dirt and time from an old gem”. In general, I concur with Miller, especially his descriptions of Arthur Birling, Sybil Birling, Sheila and Eric. I believe he accurately employed diction that portrays the characters effectively. For instance, he describes Eric using words such as “spoiled” and “neglected”, provoking the idea that Mrs Birling’s negligence of her son is what resulted in her oblivion to his behaviour and attitude.

However, the Gerald Croft we have interpreted thus far happens to be slightly contradictory to the one reviewed by Jeffery Miller. As Miller states, “Gerald Croft; where he could be a one-dimensional slimeball, Hilyer finds nuance which evokes genuine sympathy for this unsavoury opportunist.” The Gerald Croft we have come across is an upper-class man and although he has cheated on his fiancée, his personality is conveyed generally as good-natured. His compassion is shown through his remorse upon hearing the girl’s suicide and through his account, we are able to perceive his heartfelt affection for Daisy Renton. Gerald’s behaviour does not utterly suggest that he is an “unsavory opportunist”, seeing that the Croft family has a higher social standing than the Birlings. Moreover, instead of Gerald, I perceive the main opportunist in this play as Arthur Birling, which can be interpreted through his avariciousness in numerous instances.

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An Inspector Calls – Jeffrey S. Miller Review

Jeffrey S. Miller creates a precise review of the descriptions of the characters. Although i did not understand quite a bit of the language he use, I agree with his view of the characters, especially about Sheila and Eric Birling. His view is correct about how they are similar since they are both of the younger generation, as mentioned in class. Both of them experience “denial, discovery, rage and despair.” They loose hope at the end. They give up trying hide the truth about the girl. As Miller mentioned in paragraph 5, there is a strong disapproval of “lack of human feeling LURKING JUST BENEATH THE RIGID MASK OF PROPRIETY”. I agree with this view if his, just like Mr MacKnight mentioned in class: there is a literal meaning, and there is a hidden meaning just the surface.

What puzzled me about Daldry’s version of An Inspector Calls was the beginning of the play. I wonder why he started the scene with little kids listening to the radio. Maybe to set the time and year? Another point that struck me with confusion was the fact that Miller’s review of the inspector didm not mention anything about him being a supernatural being, whether a ghoul (like his name, or a God-like being (due to his knowledge of everything and everyone). Miller did though, mention the inspector being mysterious.

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Jeffrey Miller’s Review of An Inspector Calls

Jeffery Miller’s review of An Inspector Calls was very in depth and well written. It was obvious that he knew the play well as did he the characters. His insight of some of the personas were very intricate and elaborate to the smallest detail. in my opinion, he states the relationships and characteristics of Sheila best. It seemed as though he enjoyed the play and left a raving review which he justified with many points. Personally, I’m not very into plays, much less reviews of them however I enjoyed Miller’s. I was fond of the powerful and descriptive vocabulary he used, for example, he was describing the  ‘swirling, menacing grey sky.’ I also thought the style of writing was fit to my taste, using a variety of language tools. What especially helped was that I enjoyed the play itself and seeing someone else praise it to a high standard made me feel more justified in enjoying it.

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Jeffrey Miller’s Review

After reading Jeffrey Miller’s review about ‘An Inspector Calls’, i felt that everything he said is completely accurate and extremely on point. I really enjoyed the invincible words he has chosen to use for describing the characters. For example, “soon be interrupted by the imminent arrival of the mysterious” Inspector Goole. This quote from Jeffrey is true because the word Goole means spooky and ghost-like. Even though his description of inspector Goole is on point, but i don’t see why Gerald is repulsive person, but my opinion is that Gerald is only feeling a pity for Daisy that died, he still cared for her but that doesn’t mean that he is forgetting about Sheila. This also gives us a direct hint that Gerald only got engaged with Sheila because of her father’s business and not because he loved her. Overall, i really enjoyed Miller’s review, i found it incredibly

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No one can mess around with him

In Miller’s review on the play An Inspector Calls, I noticed that he used very strong words to describe the characters in the play. For Arthur Birling, Miller used “pompous patriarch” to show his character. Pompous is an adjective used to describe someone who is overbearing, domineering. Patriarch is defined as the guiding light, the guru of the family. In this context, Arthur Birling is seen as an authoritative man even in the family. Everyone in the family has to submit to him. “Guiding light” gives me the idea of Arthur Birling being the only light source. Without him, the others will not be able to survive. For Inspector Goole, Miller described him pouncing on the Birlings with teeth-bared severity. To pounce on someone is to leap on, attack someone without him knowing. This word is used mainly when a predator attacks its prey. In this case, Inspector Goole is likened to a predator. On the inside, Inspector Goole is preying on them. Teeth-bared severity shows that Inspector Goole is up to no good. No one can mess around with him. All in all, I liked how Miller linked some of the characters with animals and other objects and not just stick to the usual phrases/words.

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As i was reading through the theatre review by Jeffrey S. Miller. It really stunned me how deep he has read into this play. What enlightened me was that how much Jeffery S. Miller and expand on his thoughts of what the play writer is trying to tell us, and what he’s trying to show us. E.g. how the play first appears when the curtains open. Jeffrey S. Miller is showing his thoughts to what he believes the actors and actress try to tell us. Jeffrey S. Miller teaches me that i should be more of a critical thinker not just in how people act, but also in reading poems etc.

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An Inspector Calls: Review of the Review

I myself am not particularly too keen of reviews as a whole, since I usually trust my own judgement over some reviewer, but found myself to agree with Jefferey Miller’s opinion of An Inspector Calls. Miller highly praised the play, especially the actors, and commended Daldry’s directorial skills, so I have to trust that the actors were in fact decent, as I have not and most likely will never see Daldry’s version of An Inspector Calls. I did have one minor complaint about Daldry’s re-imagination, however, as I found his beginning to be rather useless and uneventful. This might be due to the fact that I’m completely oblivious to whatever reasoning that Daldry may have had, and what impact or emphasis the new beginning brought.  I also noticed that our good Inspector Goole was now ‘forceful and intense’, something I’d thought the Inspector not to be. In fact, I imagined him as cool and removed, but clearly, Cranham’s Goole is not.  Nevertheless, I found Miller’s acclaim of Daldry’s An Inspector Calls to be quite justified.

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Jeffrey Miller’s Review

When reading Jeffrey’s review I thought that everything he said was completely true. He gave descriptive words to describe characters, and one word that stood out to me was when he called Arthur Birling ‘pompous’ which means to show dignity or importance.  All his descriptions of the characters to me seemed on point except his description of Gerald, he described him to be a disgusting and revolting person, which I don’t think is true. Gerald cared for Daisy, felt sorry for her. I do not see theres anything wrong with that. When they broke up, Gerald did it with care and honestly didn’t want to leave her. I thought that Jeffrey Miller’s review was very well written, the only thing I would change is the description of Gerald.

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Jeffrey Miller’s review of An Inspector Calls

In my opinion, Jeffrey Miller’s review is extremely on point. I really admired how he described the described the characters with such powerful words like “pompous” when describing Arthur Birling. I agree to all his descriptions of the characters. Miller mentions how inspector Goole is ‘rarely cook and removed’, I never actually thought it if that way. He then remarks how the Inspector will wheedle the ‘victims’ then lunge at them ‘with teeth-bared severity’. I hadn’t occurred to me that he did that, well in those words at least. It’s an excellent description. However i have to disagree a little on Miller’s description of Gerald Croft. He portrayed Gerald as a mendacious, superficial and repulsive person. Although he (like all the other men in that class) cheated on Sheila Birling, he wasn’t always a ‘one-dimensional’ and ‘sliceable’ kind of person. He cared for Eva Smith very much, as did for Sheila just in a different way. He was not allowed love so that, in a way, I guess was what he deserved for his wrong doings. I also didn’t really like the description of beginning of the play. Not the words but the actual beginning. I thought it was slightly pointless to include in a play like this, it could be just an opener even so, it was unnecessary. But overall, Miller’s review of the play was indeed very precise and thorough.

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Dear – Death on the Nile

I have recently been reading Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie, and I have absolutely fallen in love with her writing. This is the fourth book i have read by her so far, and I intend to read even more of her captivating novels. In some ways, her detective stories remind me of An Inspector Calls – the mystery as well as irony. While reading this novel, i came across a quote that that caught my attention very much, and also made me realize how An inspector calls and Death on the Nile are quite similar in many ways. The quote I have chosen is from the beginning of the novel (the murder has not even happened yet), where Rosalie Otterbourne and her mother are deciding where they should go on they holiday trip – and they chose Egypt. Many of the characters “coincidently” are going to Egypt for holidays, which i find is extremely mysterious.


“It is certainly not a matter of life and death,” agreed Mrs Otterbourne. (38)


I chose this quote because, just like the detective story of An Inspector Calls, t contains IRONY in it. Going to Egypt was in fact exactly a matter of life and death.

Even though I have not finished the book, I would recommend anyone to read it; it might help understanding An Inspector Calls a bit more from another detective point of view.

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth is about a seemingly utopian world turned into a dystopian world. I enjoyed the idea of factions and being able to choose your future. Much of the story is about facing your fears which often is part of my own life.

I throughly enjoyed the first book, however when I read the rest, I felt as though the story was being dragged onto too long and that some less important parts were put into too much detail. The actual writing is not too difficult, however, the length of the series was a bit of a problem for me.

I would recommend Divergent to anyone who enjoys dystopian books with a slight science fiction edge but are also willing to sit down for  a long time and get through the entire series.

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Allegiant – March 15 DEAR post

Allegiant is the third book of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. In this book, the main character Chris discovers a huge secret (which I won’t tell you guys just in case you want to read it) which leads her to leaving her division and discovering a whole new world. I just started the book and it is amazing. My favourite quote for now is:

“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.”

I love this sentence because the author described this like fears had power, like they were supernatural.

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Dear- Airborn

Over the past months I’ve been reading this book on and off. Few months ago I find myself wanted to read a steampunk type science fiction novel, that’s why I picked up this book. Although it has and interesting world, I couldn’t find myself being hooked to it. Not ruining any of the plot, this story is just about a guy, Matt Cruse, going on an adventure in an airship. I feel like this book purpose is mainly to set up for it’s sequel as it spend most of the time describing the setting and the system of this steam punk world, kinda like a whole introduction.

I probably won’t read the sequel of this book, but ill definatly recommend it to the rest of the class. I understand that I said I didn’t exactly enjoyed the book, but that could have been my fault. I believe that some other people in this class would find this book fascination. Another thing that makes this book a good read is the variety of vocabulary used. I have picked up plenty of new, more complex adjective and verbs that I’ll try to optimize into my writing.

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March 15th DEAR Journal – Towering

Towering by Alex Flinn is published in 2013. The story is based one of my all time favorite Disney story, ‘Tangled’. It follows the classic story line until till the end. Like every great story written in literature, the story holds a dramatic twist towards the end that had me completely blown over.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by her very own mother. To pass time, she watched snow fall and sang songs she learned from her mother. All she hoped was for someone to hear her sing and maybe even show her to the world she only knew so little about. As her blond hair grew over time, just like the classic storyline, it is indeed hair golden hair and angelic voice that captures Wyatt’s attention.

Wyatt’s best friend Tyler was hit with a tragic accident. Needing time to recover and forget about everything, he was shipped off to the Adirondacks in the middle of winter to live with the oldest women in town. Everyday Wyatt travels around the small town to take his mind off reality, little did he know that he was going to discover something that was going to change his life for the better, and forever.

I really enjoyed this book because it starts of as a classic and I thought that I already knew how the story would end but I was wrong by far. The story is amazing. Since we’re working on narrative writing at the moment, this book gives you a very creative idea as to how to create a story that would stand out to the examiner.

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DEAR: The Spook’s Apprentice

I just finished reading The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It is part of a series called The Wardstone Chronicles. It is the first book in the series. Also it falls under a fantasy genre as well as adventure. I chose to read a book which is more different then what I prefer to read. In this case more witches and a lot shorter story line.

It starts off with the main character, Tom Ward, being told that he is to leave as he is now of age and he needs to start his own life. However, his parents have arranged for him to train as a Spook’s apprentice. A Spook is a person that travels around The County (the name of the place that the story takes place) to help to capture ghosts, witches, boggarts etc. It is a job that is classified as dangerous, lonely, and requires for the people to be the seventh son of the seventh son. An old concept from folklore that the seventh son of the seventh son, has the ability to use certain powers that others cannot. After their departure, it becomes evidently clear that there is more to the Spook then what is discernible from just observation. With hours of walking, little food, tests and long silent hours having passed by, the two characters arrive at the Spook’s house. With that come the hardships of learning, the invisible servant and dangerous gardens. It was all fine until Tom meets a girl with pointed shoes and all fails to mention it to the Spook. With that all mayhem break loose and Tom realizes that he has bit off more then he can chew.

The main concept reminded me of the Septimus Heap’s books however, this introduced more darker aspects and had a more serious tone. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read and is looking into the fantasy genre. Lastly, I really enjoyed the book as the pace did not slow down through the story line.

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An inspector calls- thoughts and question

During reading this play i have not many questions.This is probably mainly because we have already seen the play on video.My favorite part is how this play shows perspectives.I think there is two kinds of people in this play: the rich people who are tough and don’t want to help people (Arthur birling) and then theres the people who try to help and sympathize like the inspector.This then raises questions like “is everyone responsible for everyones actions” for example is it Arthur billing fault that she died or is it her own? These kinds of question are always coming up in this play.

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Jane Eyre – DEAR Entry

Jane Eyre, another grand creation composed by one of the renowned Brontë Sisters – Charlotte Brontë – which recounts the story of the protagonist, Jane, and her progression to adulthood. Through life ventures, she gradually develops both moral and spiritual sensitivity, which guides her to the peak of her life later on in the novel. This novel consists elements of social criticism, and further explores classism, feminism and religion.

The novel is set in northern England, during the period of time between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It undergoes five distinctive phases: Jane’s childhood where she is both emotionally and physically abused by her relatives; her pursuit of education, where she makes acquaintances; her experience as being a governess, where she falls deeply in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester; her time spent with the Rivers family, when her cousin St. John Rivers proposes to her; and the climax which she reunites and gets married to her beloved Mr. Rochester.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will” (page 268).

Upon unraveling the appalling truth that Mr. Rochester is bonded by marriage to another woman, Jane finds herself hard to respect him as she is agonised by his untruthfulness. This quotation conveys Jane’s self-determination and empowerment, which declares that she is an independent human being with decisions and free will. I find it admirable that as a young woman and orphan of relatively low social standing, Jane is still able to remain standing and speak up her own voice, unafraid of the consequences that might have incurred. Unlike most young women of that time, who were ensnared by the nets of social standings, gender inequality and religion. I would recommend this book to those who take interest in reading classics with threads of romance and feminism woven into them. Even to those who are not particularly fond of classics, you should definitely give it a try.

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March 15- Dear Post

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a life story about Louis Zamperini, an Italian 14 year old living in the 1940’s, in between the second World War . It started all when Louis was a boy. He was always in trouble and got in fights very often. His brother guided him with help out of this phase of Louis’s life. Louis started to drink and smoke but couldnt afford it so he stole from people, which lead him into more trouble. His brother noticed that he was a fast runner, and instead of funning away from police and bullies, his brother wanted him to run in long distance marathons. Louis doesn’t believe in himself, but his brother forced him to use his time in training, instead of smoking a drinking.

It turns out that Louis was a very fast long distance runner, and in time he became one of the best in America. In 1936 he qualified for the Olympics.

I am really enjoying reading this novel, because it teaches a moral, to never give up even though times are rough. Readers who enjoy this would be those who like a little bit of History, adventure, and those who like to read sad non-fiction novels.

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DEAR: Lord of the Flies

This was a book I’d come to be familiar with by the overwhelming amount of praise that it received last year at my school. Six decades in and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies still manages to remain amongst the most popular and read of novels. The critical acclaim garnered by the dystopian novel  is certainly deserved, as it’s commonly regarded as one of the books of all time, winning Sir Golding a Nobel Prize for Literature. Set place in a not-so-distant nuclear war, and plane full of British schoolboys crashes on a remote island, and from there, Ralph, Piggy, Simon, and Jack along with the rest of their band of merry men struggle to survive. At first, the rules are simple: have fun, maintain a smoke signal to alert ships, and survive. A sense of order is made, but that doesn’t last long. Soon, quarrels over leadership and fear of a ‘beast’ shroud the boys into deterioration, and a few deaths and a touch of murder later, the book ends.

I myself found Lord of the Flies to be surprising, mostly at the fact that it started out so innocent, and ended in a way I never could’ve predicted.  There’s an abundant amount of allegorical relationships with the characters, too many to name, but the one I found most interesting was the conch. It’s not a character per se, but it’s used by characters to voice opinion, and represents civility and democracy. Over time, however, the sheen glinting off it’s shell seems that much less brighter in the same way that society and order on the island fades. When it’s destroyed, order is gone, and chaos ensues.

The novel is definitively not for the faint of heart, as it depicts survival at its worst. I would very much recommend this book to all, as it’s a fairly simple read, but to those who suspect a simple, innocent book, be warned. In short, the pace: Usain Bolt with a limp, the suspense: the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, and the delivery: the end of The Departed.

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An Inspector Calls – Questions and Thoughts So Far

After recently finishing act 1 of, An Inspector Calls, I have a few thoughts and questions. having already seen the play on screen, I know how it ends. However, if I hadn’t seen/read it before I wouldn’t have guessed that maybe the so called “inspector” wasn’t actually an inspector. But n0w that I have I can see the foreshadowing J.B. Priestly has written right from the get go.

The main question asked throughout the play is “Who is responsible and who are we responsible for?” As more and more people are added into the background of a tragic story of young girl who’s life was claimed by suicide, we begin to wonder as well, who is responsible?

After seeing the script right in front of me I can see the differences and similarities of some of the characters. The most modern of which is Sheila. She believes women shouldn’t be exploited as cheap labour and objectified. Mr. Birling and Gerald both disagree, saying they are just laborers and nothing else. I find the difference in characters quite interesting and I feel as though it adds depth to the story line.

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DEAR March 15 – The Death Cure

The Maze Runner was perhaps one of the best series I have ever read, it contains all of the necessary parts, in my opinion, to make a good story: action, suspense, a few sprinkles of romance, and of course, a pinch of betrayal.

Once again, Thomas embarks on an adventure against the so-called-good company, WICKED. But WICKED has finally left the dark, now they are going against Thomas face to face, against each other. I have finally landed my hand on the third and final book of the trilogy, The Death Cure.

WICKED had plundered all they could from Thomas, his memories, his friends, and most importantly, his life. Throughout the previous stories, they have been putting him into a series of two tests, the Maze and the Scorch, he has survived both. In each and every one of them, he recovers a fraction of the memories WICKED seized from him, and also looses his best friends.

I would recommend this book for teenagers, especially those who are fans of the Hunger Games, because, lets be serious, they are incredibly alike. Survival, love, and a lot of betrayal. I would not recommend this to kids because there are some swears (although most are replaced by other words). I chose to put the suggestion before the quote because the quote is a spoiler, so…

The quote I am choosing is a huge spoiler, so please, read at your own risk.

“Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend. Kill me.”

To understand this quote, you would have to know what happens prior to it. In the beginning of the book, the Rat Man, a messenger, announced that Newt was not immune to the Flare, which is a disease that turns people into berserkers, known as cranks. He became sad, which has been expressed by the lack of speech he had in the book. He turned into a crank in the middle of the book and joined with the other cranks. In a stakeout, Thomas found Newt chasing after them, he immediately left the car and went to Newt. Newt begged Thomas to kill him, to end his misery, to save him from hurting more of the Gladers. After moments of hesitation, Thomas pulled the trigger. This quote showed the amount of pain Newt was hiding from everyone, including the readers, throughout the whole book. His sadness, his loneliness, and most importantly, him feeling sad because he knows that he would not be able to spend his last days with his best friends.

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DEAR – Murder on the Orient Express

Recently I have started reading Murder on the Orient Express, yet another novel by Agatha Christie. If you haven’t noticed, I love reading mystery stories, as well as fantasy and romance. However, Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries are unlike any other; she really knows how to engage a reader on a captivating story. I do, however, find the beginning of her books quite hard to understand. As mentioned before on previous blog posts, she has various switches of scenes and there are countless characters, making it hard to remember everyone. But after a few chapters and after the murder has taken place, things become much more smoother. I rather like the fact that there is quite an amount of foreshadowing going on. Certain speeches give hints as to what will happen later and I just love that. Even though i don’t always spot it.

‘And yet,’ said Poirot, ‘suppose an accident-’

‘Ah no, my friend-’

‘From your point of view it would be regrettable, I agree. But nevertheless let us just for one moment suppose it. Then, perhaps, all these here are linked together—by death.’ (Loc. 289)

It is already evident what will happen as regarding to a murder but what we don’t expect is the ‘how?’ i quite like this exchange of speech between the two detectives because one of them (the main character Poirot) is very open minded indeed (and extremely attentive to detail) while the other is more narrow minded. I also admire how he (poirot) sees the passengers on the trains a whole group instead of just random people, he notices that they will soon all have something in common. I am really enjoying this book so far, even though I’m haven’t read much of it but i look forward to more obscurity and mystery to be solved.

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The Dressmaker – DEAR ENTRY 2

continuing from my last dear entry…

I have continued reading the book ‘The Dressmaker’. After the strike of disaster on the titanic, Lady Lucile, the famous designer and her temporary maid Tess has been one of the last one saved on the life boats.

There was a huge cracking sound-and then the Titanic disappeared, swallowed in one huge gulp by the sea, taking with it all light, leaving the survivors in total blackness relieved only by the cold twinkling of the stars.

I really like this quote because it shown lots of description of the surroundings and visual views from the survivors that were stuck in the sea. Simile has been used in this quote.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York where all the rumors began to spread about what really happened in Lady Lucile’s Life boat. Tess and Lucile were separated into different life boats so she didn’t have any evidence of what the real truth was, but after they got of the boats to land, she heard from a kind sailor, Jim, that their life boat were not filled to capacity because Lucile wouldn’t let them pick up survivors from the sea for her own benefit, very despicable.

“Did you notice how empty our boat was? Do you know why? She wouldn’t let us pick up survivors.”

“Oh, my goodness.” This time Tess was the one covering her face with her hands.

This quote evokes the sailor’s personality and the tone of his voice. the surprised reaction of Tess is also shown by one of her hands covering her face.

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So far, we have read about Arthur Birling’s involvement in the suicide of a young girl and that it might not just have been Birling who was involved in her death. It is like a dominoes of bad events that eventually tipped over Eva Smith. Quite honestly, i enjoyed the Schadenfreude of the Birlings.

I really enjoyed the characters that Priestly had created, for example, while Birling ,perhaps, struggled with appearing nonchalant, Eric and Sheila were distraught about the case of Eva Smith and their father’s action. “But these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people.” Sheila protested when she heard what her father said.

The book raised ethical, social and political issues of the world and the most important question of all: Are we responsible for each other? I believe we are, our actions will influence other. Perhaps, we don’t always realize it but it is true. Everybody has the power and ability to affect others and it comes down to whether is positive or negative.

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A controversial feeling

“An Inspector Calls” is a play which is able to raise many questions and provoke several type of thoughts. For example, the main theoretical question present throughout the play is: “Are we all responsible for each other?.” As to thoughts, the piece touches on very sensitive concepts, like the one of Christianity and politics. This provides a controversial feeling to the play, spicing the storyline up and creating more entertaining scenes which don’t act as just a mainstream scene, but one that makes the reader think over concepts just laid out. When reading this play in class, I have noticed that the stage directions do not seem very specific, which I believe is positive for any groups trying to act this play, it leaves room for creativity. I really want to see this play being reenacted, I enjoy reading it, so it would be hard for me not to like watching it.

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An Inspector Calls – Thoughts and questions

So far in class we have only covered roughly twenty pages of the script for An Inspector Calls. However, though only a short amount of pages is covered a profound amount of questions were raised. The entire play that we have covered is based on, ‘are we responsible for everyone we cross paths with?’. Are we?

Within the play, two sides were formed. Mr Berling and Gerald Croft had the idea that, to be successful in life, you cannot care for others. On the other hand, Eric and Sheila, who are both from the younger more sympathetic generation believes that we are indeed responsible for others. After all, we are all humans and everyone should be treated equally.

J. B. Priestley really plays with the question throughout the play. A lot of irony is used as Berling presents his ideal answer for the question to the Inspector, however, the inspector answers the question as if he agrees with Berling. Though, if one understands the play more throughly, it would be clear that the inspector had a different meaning with his answers.

Berling: … If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?

Inspector: Very awkward.

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It seems as if the inspector is actually agreeing with Berling, that if we were responsible for everything that happened to someone we crossed paths with, it would be very awkward. Hence we should not have to take the blame for their actions. However when the inspector answered, ‘very awkward’, instead of agreeing with Berling’s point of view, he is apposing it. He believed that we are indeed responsible for actions of those we have crossed paths with and that it is awkward but we still have to take the blame.

Another question that came to me during the play is one of the most common questions in literature; who are we? Who are we to judge and treat others differently? If you are ranked higher than another, does it give you to right to mistreat them? In my opinion, my answer would be a defiant no. We are all human after all and born to the same rights. Just because one is ranked higher than the other within society does not give them the right to treat others differently. I think the Golden rule is well fitted in this situation:

One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated

Everyone should be treated equally and no one should feel more important than another because of their position. Overall, I really enjoy the play and I look forward to see what other techniques, language and questions J. B. Priestley show through the play. Last but not least, I’m intrigued to see what questions the play can arise.

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An Inspector Calls: Observations, Reflections, and Most of All, Questions

What I’ve come to love during our little reenactment, or the play in general, is the constant tug-of-war type battle waging between two sides. On the left we have General Goole, with equally subordinates Shelia and Eric by his side, and on the right we have Supreme Commanding Overseer Lord Birling, with his wife and Gerald at tow. The ‘war’, as it may be, is due to conflicting reasoning. The Supreme Leader of All, Birling, seems to supports the mantra of ‘every man for himself’ and ‘survival of the fittest’, while Goole and the other two find that ‘every man and woman is responsible for each other’ is more appropriate. I also find it humorous, for lack of a better term, that the young generation should want for equality and fairness for all, while the older generation (minus Goole) strongly object and believe that self-entitlement and exploitation for selfish need is okay. This then raises the all important question of, ‘Who’s right?’. Is exploitation and greed really justifiable? Is a society where everyone’s responsible correct? The Inspector certainly thinks so,  as does evidently J.B Priestly. In my opinion, I feel a good mixture of both is ideal, since analyzing every action in fear of affecting someone else’s life if a very challenging if not impossible task, meanwhile blatant oppressiveness and open exploitation of lower class workers is also not okay, but a little touch of both would likely be agreed upon by both sides.

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