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An Inspector Calls - A character study of the characters and how they convey the themes of J.B Priestly.

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A character study of the characters and how they convey the themes of J.B Priestly. Introduction Historical knowledge . The titanic sunk in spring 1912, Mr birling was very confident that it was unsinkable and wouldn't believe other wise. . WW1. The great equaliser, which brought all the different classes back to into one nation and made everyone equal and have the same rights. (The birling family considered their future bright, were all right look after our own) The war was said to bring fire blood & anguish in to our lives. WW1 - a lesion of responsibility. . In the early parts of the 1920's the suffragettes movement fought for equal rights for women and the right to vote equal to men. The all male parliament of this time made it difficult for women to get a work place or a place of power where men where came first. . The Wall Street crash in 1929 caused major unemployment in the USA and caused a breakdown of profit in the UK. This caused Hugh inflation. . The Jarrow March happened in 1936 on a desperate attempt to find jobs for the 200 men that took part they where known as the Jarrow marchers. The socialist government won by a landslide in the 1945 public elections (labour government) J.B.Priestly main themes . The inspector represents anyone (i.e. the people) . Responsibility - the main theme . The personal responsibility for other people . ...read more.

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Gerald Croft Gerald is an easy going well bred young man who is enjoying life. At his regular visit to the place variety theatre this is where he 'rescues Daisy Renton' who then becomes his mistress. The inspector soon disrupts his easy manner. The way Croft cast's off Daisy Renton / Eva Smith shows him to be shallow and thoughtless even though he comes off as having some compassion, therefore the 'best of the worst' characters in the play 'I didn't ask her for anything in return.' Perhaps Croft was the only one to believe this, the audience would plainly see a man lead Eva / Daisy astray, worth little sympathy from him. There seems to be a strong class divide. Which Priestly would push to change. His wealth clearly gave him an ideal life and suited him. To agree with Birling comments; just for a peaceful life. ' Hear Hear my father would agree to that!' His feelings for Eva were initially to help her situation but his life style would find the situation 'stiffening' in a short time. Forgetting her as quickly as she came into his life. Eric Birling Eric is portrayed as half shy, half assertive and also seen to me sulky when he doesn't get his own way. He reveals He is the father of Eva's child he did not feel he should take most of the blame. He seems out of his depth. ' I was in a hell of a state about it' Eric drinks far too much and his parents haven't noticed and he gets angry with Sheila when she says he's squally. ...read more.

Conclusion

morals, responsibility, the class divide, love thy neighbour and respect are his by nature. The inspector's massive and strange personality causes the audience to be captivated by his ability to reveal every fact. By convincing the Birlings that they are selfish and the only way to show them that is to use the story of Eva smith (Daisy Renton) to make them feel guilty and responsible for what they have caused. The inspector was very clever and said 'there are millions and millions Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us.' This targets many of the upper classes in saying that the lower classes are treated very unfairly and they didn't realise it. He suggests that everyone should be treated fairly and there shouldn't be any class divide and we are all responsible for each. 'If men will not learn that lesson then they will be taught it in fire blood and anguish. Good night. His dramatic final speech was powerful and memorable, tone of voice, volume and gestures, left the audience with a strong impression of fair play and excellence. Conclusion J.B.Preistly's own political values could be brought into his writing and I think he reached the audience's reactions and thoughts would be taken home with them and maybe they would feel guilty for what they might have done in their past too. Priestly reached a greater audience than if he used a political platform to transfer his words across. The play itself is entertaining and exciting. The power this play has on the audience is amazing it really draws you into the Birling family and there involvement with Eva Smith. Jamie Meikle 11gwe GCSE course work ...read more.

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