Character and Theme in An Inspector Calls. Characters Overview. Remember that the characters in the book are symbolic. Each of them represents a particular type or class. The one exception might be the Inspector. Characters Overview 2.
Remember the play has two time frames that you have to remember.
Priestley is contrasting a very innocent time with a time of horror, bombing and mass killing.
Life in Britain in 1912
Life in Britain in 1945
Look at the issues in the play: