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An Inspector Calls

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Introduction

An Inspector Call Coursework (draft) 'An Inspector calls' is a drama written by .J.B Priestly. The plays purpose is to deliver a pro-socialist message to the audience. The writer does this by using dramatic devices to illustrate his concerns and ideas to members of the audience. It is a political drama, aimed at the upper and middle classes, since they were the most likely to see the play. The message from the playwright is that the individual and the community all have varying responsibilities within society. It also demonstrates that we can all pursue our own self-interests but we have to think about others as well as ourselves. At the time the play was written, the upper classes the misfortune of those who had neither wealth nor power. The play although written in 1945, after the end of the Second World War, was set on a spring evening in 1912. One of Priestley's main aims was to give members of the audience the benefit of hindsight or, in other words the significance of the play. This enabled him to use several of Birling's speeches at the beginning to establish him as an arrogant character. ...read more.

Middle

Birling was the girl's boss. After a holiday in August 1910 Eva and some of her colleagues went on strike, 'and they suddenly decided to ask for more money." He went on to say they were already being paid the standard rates for England. So as the strike completed, he located the ringleaders, one of them being Ms Eva Smith. He then asked her and the others to leave and that was the last she saw of her. She was out of work for the next two months. Both her parents were dead which meant she had no home to go back to. Priestley uses many techniques to make the drama more effective for the audience. The stage directions indicate very precisely for example that the lighting should change from "pink and soft" to "brighter and harder" on the arrival on the inspector. This suggests that the respectability of the family is going to be stripped away and their secrets will be exposed. The fact that the lighting changes show what a massive impact the entrance of the inspector has. ...read more.

Conclusion

His comment 'If nothing else, we'll have to share our guilt' has universal significance and is not limited to the immediate concerns of the family. Sheila's approval of the inspector's power grows in the final Act. She seems to perceive his super-human qualities when she says to him, 'I don't understand you.' The inspector's observation to Mrs. Birling about young people: 'They're more impressionable', adds weight to the audiences feelings that the old can learn from the young to improve their attitudes. Sheila says to Eric, 'But we really must stop these silly pretences'. Priestly is saying that we all tend to hide our weaknesses from ourselves. The audience is supposed to feel that it is not only the Birling family which is on trial. This reveals a lot concerning the attitudes of the men about town from this social class. In conclusion, I feel that the message of the playwright is still relevant to society today. The playwright changes the audience's opinion of the Birlings, by using the Inspector to voice his concerns. I also get the feeling inspector Goole is a ghost hence, the term 'ghoul' - some sort of super- human who has the best opinion. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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