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An inspector calls is a play written by J.B Priestley in 1945. However, the play is set in 1912. The main themes of the play are lies, love, guilt, pride, status and responsibility.

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An inspector calls is a play written by J.B Priestley in 1945. However, the play is set in 1912. The main themes of the play are lies, love, guilt, pride, status and responsibility. This play was set in 1912 because it gave the audience a more dramatic impression of the rapport between the rich and the poor. Throughout the play, we can see that Priestley is a socialist. The audience knows that the message he is trying to put across is that we are a community and responsible for each other. We also know that the predictions Birling makes at the beginning of the play seemed to fail. He says, "...you'll hear some people say that war's inevitable. And to that I say-fiddlesticks!" which means that he thought there wasn't going to be a war. This prediction failed because the World War I happened in 1914. This let down Mr. Birling's certainty. Another example in which Mr. Birling's predictions failed was when he said, "the Titanic ...unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable." ...read more.

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The last speech of the so-called inspector has very strong dialogues. Through the use of those dialogues we find out that Priestley is totally against people like Arthur Birling and he believes that we are all dependent as well as responsible for each other. In this play we can see that the inspector gets very easily to the truth. One of the reasons why no one could avoid his questions or lie to him was probably because he already knew everything. He just wanted the characters to confess directly to him and come face-to-face with the truth. Another thing that the inspector did to make the characters surrender to him was by making them feel guilty. He does this by describing all the horrendous facts in too much detail. For example- "...she'd swallowed a lot of disinfectant. Burnt her insides out of course" or "she was in great agony." He also tries to use this unpleasant imagery towards the end of the play when he says, "... ...read more.

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or Mrs. Birling. This also tells us that in the future you wouldn't expect Sheila, Eric or Gerald to repeat their mistakes and become more conscientious people. This however does not go for Mr. and Mrs. Birling who still haven't realised their mistakes. Also, by the end of the play, we can see that Sheila has changed from an arrogant, immature and na�ve girl to a more grown-up and sensible individual. She doesn't deny her mistakes anymore and takes full responsibility for them. She says, "I behaved badly too. I know I did. I'm ashamed of it." Eric has changed from a drunk, foolish and negligent young boy to a more thoughtful and earnest person. It is very evident that he's learnt his lesson and shows bitterness towards his parents. He says, "I'm ashamed of you aswell - yes both of you." Another message that Priestley might be trying to convey here could be that the younger generation are a hope for the future not the older people. He might have done this to influence the younger generation to be socialists and know how to respect and behave with people who need them. ...read more.

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