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"An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestly is sometimes spoken of as a day with a message - What do you think the message is and how does Priestly convey it through the characters and their actions?

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An Inspector Calls Task: "An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestly is sometimes spoken of as a day with a message. What do you think the message is and how does Priestly convey it through the characters and their actions? *************************************************************************** At the beginning of this play, the Birling family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter Shelia Birling to Mr Gerald Croft. Everyone is happy when an inspector calls round to investigate a suicide case. "An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestly is sometimes spoken of as a play with a message. I think this message is that we are all responsible for our actions because they affect others. We eventually discover that all the characters in the play have something to do with the suicide. The first impression we get of Mr Birling, even before the inspector arrives is that he seems not to care about others and is more interested in himself he says "a man has to make his own way-has to look after himself". ...read more.

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This puts her in a good light. J.B Priestly does this to tell the reader that this is a good way of thinking. The next family member to meet Eva Smith was Gerald Croft (Sheila's fianc�) but he knew her as Daisy Renton. At first he tries to hide his involvement with Eva and pretend nothing happened but he then admits to knowing her. He met her in a bar and had an affair with her over the summer. He kept Eva in his friend's rooms that he was looking after. Eventually he broke up with her and gave her some money to get on her way and find a job. When Gerald realises that this girl is now dead he is extremely upset. He has to go outside to get some air. However, when he phones the hospital to find that no girl has been brought in then he returns to his normal self. This shows that he has not learned anything from his experience. ...read more.

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The young ones seem to put us on their side as they still feel guilty for their actions. The Inspector actually says " we often do on the young ones. They are more impressionable " at one point. This is another technique that the author uses to present his message. When the inspector first enters the lighting turns from pink and intimate to a strong bright light. This shows that the entry of the Inspector plays an important part. He removes the intimacy and secrets to show what really happened. The Inspector forces the characters to examine their actions and learn about their consequences. The author uses the Inspector to show that young people are open to change. He delivers an important message before he leaves " we are members of one body. We are responsibly for each other ". This is significant because it is the point in which the conveyed message is stated. I think this is the message J B Priestly has successfully conveyed throughout this play by using many varied characters. I also think the writer has written this play to show his point of view. ...read more.

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