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An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls. An Inspector calls was written during the year of 1945 by a man named J.B Priestley. An Inspector calls was written for the purpose of entertainment of its audience but also to put across Priestley's valid points and views towards the welfare estate. Priestley was a socialist: someone who believes that product and distribution is controlled by people according to equity and fairness. Priestley uses his play to try and show people that community in 1912 was non-existent and that the world needs to change rather than return to the egotistical society that existed in pre war England. In this play Priestley gets across his message towards his intended audience to help change our political views. Priestley showed us how many people had no care for people of a lower and different stature in comparison to them. Inspector: Two hours ago a young woman died in the local infirmary. She'd been taken there this morning because she swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant. Burnt her inside of course. .Mr.Birling: (Rather impatiently) Yes, Yes. Horrid Business. But I don't understand why you should come here inspector. He uses the Birling family as an example of the Capitalistic family that was common amongst the higher classes in 1912 who had no cares for other people and he shows that with the power of Socialism, represented by ...read more.


The fact that they are remorseful of what they have done suggests that they will make a conscious effort to improve human relationships. Unlike their parents, who are only interested in wealth and material items, Priestley shows that the younger generation will make an effort to perform their duties towards their fellow citizens As many other factors to be considered In this play timing is also crucial. Birling: A man has to make his own way- has to look after himself- and his family too, of course, when he has one and so long that he does that he wont come to much harm. Eric: Somebody at the front door. At this very moment Inspector Goole arrives at the front door interrupting the Birling's during their celebrations. He came at this instant as if he knew what was happening within the household, and what they were talking about. It was as if he came to uncover all the lies that this family was based upon and how other relationships that were about to blossom were being built upon undiscovered lies. When Gerald confess to Sheila what had happened between him and Eva Smith, the Inspector comes right in after they had finished arguing and he already knew what Gerald was going to confess to, just he was waiting for Gerald to give him a chance. ...read more.


He uses Arthur Birling as a voice for capitalism, who is ridiculed by the Inspector, a representative of socialism. The dialogue between them shows this, as the Inspector repeatedly twists what Birling says, showing that he is the voice of truth. For example, Inspector: I'm sorry. But you asked me a question. Birling : And you asked me a question before that, a quite unnecessary question too. Inspector: It's my duty to ask questions" A meaningful message is held within An Inspector Calls, as well as being a murder mystery, in the way that Preistley uncovers the death of Eva Smith, it is also a moralistic play. Preistley shows the audience how not to live their lives, using dramatic devices to demonstrate this. He makes the audience contemplate over the fact that they are actually "members of one body" and that they are all "responsible for one another" and has made them realise that socialism is the way forward instead of capitalism. In this way, An Inspector Calls is extremely relevant in today's society where people still need to work together and help others around them who are in need. J.B.Priestley effectively uses many dramatic devices in An Inspector Calls, such as symbolism and timings. He applies them in order to portray his political views, using an upper class, Edwardian family and a lower class woman to do so. ...read more.

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