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An Inspector Calls Coursework. In the play, Priestley inferred many ideas about anti-capitalism, the Welfare State and collective conscience.

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English Coursework - An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is a play written by J.B. Priestley in 1946, although set on one evening in spring 1912, about one family who share the ultimate cause of the suicide of a young woman. In the play, Priestley inferred many ideas about anti-capitalism, the Welfare State and collective conscience. The Welfare state, which needed two wars to happen to get, was a system to tackle mainly poverty, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness, and derivatives of these. Prior to the arrival of the arrival of the Inspector, everyone is celebrating the engagement of Sheila and Gerald. Among the celebrations, Mr Birling starts to give several long speeches on the future and other matters. With hindsight, the audience knows that war broke out in 1914, two years after this play is set. So when Mr Birling says 'I say there isn't a chance of war', this makes the audience think he is arrogant , as he persists this, therefore take him for a fool, which is useful for Priestley as he wants the audience to think whatever else he says in the play later on is foolish. Before the Inspector arrives, the lights are 'pink and intimate', and this reflects on the atmosphere and mood of the room. ...read more.

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Birling also tries to impress him by showing off his contacts, so by introducing Gerald as 'Mr Gerald Croft - the son of Sir George Croft - you know, Crofts Limited', it shows how much he uses his social influence, even when in the point where he should be showing even a little emotion towards the death of a young girl. The use of 'Sir' shows that Birling cares only abut position, but doesn't realise that is only a title, and means nothing other than his name. Also, Sir George Croft is probably of about the same age as Birling, as they are both fathers and business rivals, which means Birling takes pride in the older generation having that title and feels superior. This contrasts to Priestley and Goole believe no-one should be treated any differently due to who they are. To all three of these quotes, the Inspector answers very simple, one-sentence, if even that, answers. To the first he replies, 'No thank you Mr Birling, I'm on duty' showing he is uninterested in his wealth or expensive possessions, much like Priestley, who uses the inspector to voice his opinion. 'Quite so' which he answers to the second also shows how the Inspector isn't swayed in opinion after hearing his list of high-up jobs, and knows that doesn't change what Mr Birling has done, because he thinks job status should not affect one's responsibilities. ...read more.

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who told them is a fraud and of lower status In spite of the Inspectors visit, Mr and Mrs Birling don't change their capitalist views and behaviour even after all of what the inspector had to say. Birling says that he was 'almost certain for a knighthood' which completely contrasts to what the Inspector had been saying. Not only here is Birling being heartless about Eva's death and only thinking of himself, but also the 'knighthood' shows how he still, after being shown how horrible he really is, is only concerned about his reputation, even though he had been told how statuses mean nothing several times. One of Priestley's socialist ideas inferred into this play was that, with his hindsight, he believed that after two world wars, nothing had really changed in social class and "collective conscience". This is shown by World War 1 being represented by Inspector Goole, and World War 2 by the second inspector who is to come, but not in the actual play. Since Priestley thought that nothing much had changed after WW1, this is the same as Mr and Mrs Birling still denying what they had done after the Inspector leaves, which shows that still nothing has changed in their capitalist attitudes and they only care about keeping their reputations. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ciara McCoy ...read more.

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