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"An Inspector Calls" By J.B Priestley.

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"An Inspector Calls" By J.B Priestley "An Inspector Calls" was by John Boynton Priestley. It is set in Edwardian Britain (1912) in the north midlands. It is about a celebration in the Birling family household, which is interrupted by an inspector who interrogates the family about the suicide of a working class girl called Eva Smith. Priestley wrote it to try to impress on the audience that the country is based on a capitalist social structure and should be transformed into a socialist social structure. He tries to show that the upper classes are arrogant, ignorant and pompous. This was first performed in 1945 in two Moscow theatres and then performed in the UK on October 1st 1946. It's based around Priestley's socialist beliefs. This play is set in Edwardian Britain in 1912 (pro ww1). In 1912 the greatest man made disaster the titanic was released on to the open seas. ...read more.


With this foresight Priestley is trying achieve an acknowledgement of how the class system works against the country. "An Inspector Calls" has a very simplistic and uncomplicated structure made up of 3 acts. This enables everyone to understand the play and have a clear focus of his message. The structure is very similar to that of classical Greek drama. It has a very unconventional ending because people enter instead of exit at the end of an act. Priestley cleverly uses this structure to make it easier for the audience to read between the lines and see the message. It also is used to emphasise dramatic tension especially when at the end of act 2 when Eric walks in, and the curtains draw. This leaves the audience on a cliffhanger because they want to know what happens next. Priestley uses a lot of dramatic irony and makes characters like Mrs Birling say things, which are ironic. ...read more.


By getting the daughter involved in the argument which shows that some of the upper class had respect for others and have some foresight unlike the rest of the Birlings. Priestley tries to show that if the upper classes had a bit more foresight and had the ability to listen that it could completely change the actions and social structure of the time. I think it is a good story with depth and I think that if it were modernised and put into film it would do pretty well, because there is still a social structure today it is just not as blatant/strict as before. Some people aren't even aware of it. The majority of the UK is middle class but there are still the pompous upper classes and the homeless and people in poverty could still be seen as the lower classes. It had a real impact and was worth reading I would highly recommend it. ...read more.

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