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An Inspector Calls In what way does the inspector make you aware of his attitude towards other characters in the play? And how does Priestly use him as a dramatic device? Priestley was born in Bradford, 13th September, 1894. He became a successful playwright through much experience he gained before World War One. A major influence which encouraged Priestley with his plays began when he found himself surrounded by people who read a great deal, however there were no professional writers among these people. Not only that but Priestley found himself growing up most importantly into his father's circle of 'socialist' friends in which he found himself in positive debates about society Being a socialist, Priestley added this to the many themes of 'An Inspector Calls'; to show the audience his values as a socialist, that life is to do with caring for each other and there should be equality no matter what you status is in society; Priestley exploits these problems of community throughout his play. Socialism is not apparent in Edwardian society where there is an evident class divide which results in poor living for those 'lower classes' such as Eva Smith due to selfish, ignorant, bigheaded, snobbish characters like the Birling family who ...read more.


He only uses this power over Mr Birling and Mrs Birling, whereas he treats Sheila, Gerald and Eric in a more pleasant manner however he still not lenient to any character, 'each of you helped to kill her'. Inspector Goole confronts the Birling's trying to make them realise how much havoc they have caused and it is not enough to apologise or offer money although it shows what a capitalist Birling is when he states, 'Look, Inspector-I'd give thousands yes, thousands'. The only possible apology that comes anywhere near to reasonable is if the Birling's repent and change their ways and obviously from the above quote Mr Birling is showing no signs of this what so ever as he assumes everything can be bought with money which simply is not true. In addition although some of the Inspector's comments are out of order as an official as he says, 'I think you did something terribly wrong and you're going to spend the rest of your life regretting it', this is not appropriate because the Inspector has no hard evidence that the Birling's are to blame and also hypothetically he is to be non biased and also maintain a calm tone. ...read more.


sympathy for Eva Smith as he repeatedly states such comments as, 'she lies with a burnt-out inside on a slab' this places vivid images in the readers mind. So to conclude the Inspector makes us fully aware of his attitude towards the characters in the play showing his true emotions and feelings, '(sharply) your daughter isn't living on the moon. She's here in Brumley too'. Also he uses more power and authority over the older generation, 'Don't stammer and yammer at me again man. I'm losing all patience with you', whereas with the younger generation he is more considerate because they accept their mistakes, 'she feels responsible', here he is talking about Sheila regretting her actions. He also reveals his attitude towards certain characters through change in tone of speech, '(harshly) Yes, she's dead'. The Inspector is also used as a dramatic device by Priestley to portray his socialist outlook. 'Public men, Mr Birling have responsibilities as well as privileges', hinting that many capitalists misuse their status and need to get their responsibilities straight. He also represents Eva Smith, 'A pretty, lively sort of girl, who never did anybody any harm. But she dies in misery and agony-hating life' this shows the real extent of her misery. ...read more.

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