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“An Inspector Calls is full of lies and deceit; write fully about how Priestly exposes weakness and wickedness, not only in the characters on stage but also in society.”

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An inspector calls Gcse coursework "An Inspector Calls is full of lies and deceit; write fully about how Priestly exposes weakness and wickedness, not only in the characters on stage but also in society." In order to look at the essay question properly we have to look at literature as part of wider society. The story takes place during the early 20th century. Its author JB Priestly doesn't just examine an introverted Edwardian family, the Birlings, but uses them to represent the microcosmic world of upper class Edwardian society. Thus using them to reveal the social injustice that occurred in Edwardian society. So any comment made about the Birling family by Priestly refers to the whole of Edwardian upper class society. During the Edwardian period, society was split into two halves. Either you were a rich industrialist like, Mr Birling, or a poor factory worker like Eva Smith, but for the Birlings it was an era in which they had total power and control over the deprived. The story is set in the pleasant house of the Birlings, who are a typical Edwardian family. The unravelling of the plot begins with a police inspector, Goole, and his investigation of the Birlings. ...read more.


But Miss Birling was able to. She becomes of age during the remainder of the play, sharing the inspectors views on society. Gerald Croft, Sheila's husband to be is, represents a man in his late twenties and is about to reach the high point of his manhood. The inspectors questioning of Gerald Croft reveals him to be man far from deserving his respectable reputation. The inspector unveils Gerald's involvement by revealing him as the third link in a constant chain of events. It was shown that Gerald had an affaire with one Daisy Renton, who as we know was Eva Smith. The announcement of the name Daisy Renton by the inspector was responded with a sudden shock from Gerald. At this point Sheila points out to Gerald that he has given himself away. Gerald is discomforted of knowing that Sheila is present as the inspector questions him. I an attempt to prevent Miss Birling from hearing the explicit details of his affaire and to protect himself he requests for Miss Birling to be excused. "I think Ms Birling ought to be excused from anymore questioning, this maybe too disturbing and unpleasant." ...read more.


The inspector could be seen to be the alter-ego of Author Birling. This is noticeable throughout the whole play. There are passages which can support this such as; "Look here inspector I'm not one to have this, inspector, you'll apologise at once." The inspector replies; "Apologise for what doing my duty?" This brief dialogue shows the difference in contrast between the two characters. Priestly uses the inspector not just to investigate a straight forward suicide case but to investigate society at that particular period. The inspector cross-examines each member of the Birling household; slowly building up guilt in them and making them realize their mistakes. Priestly using the inspector criticises the social order of Edwardian society. He shows the audience how the lower class citizens of Edwardian society were unjustified. Now to conclude the essay. After answering the question, I have come to conclude the following fact; the purpose for JB Priestly writing 'An Inspector Calls' was so he good write to persuade. Using the inspector to represent his views on society he shows the audience the wrongs of society. Although the crimes of the Birling family were not seen to be crimes which they could be arrested for, in the eyes of society, as looking at the matter moralistically they were certainly crimes which should not have gone unpunished. ...read more.

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