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An Inspector Calls is often spoken as a play with a message. Examine how J.B Priestly explores these messages and presents them to the audience?

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In this essay, I'm going to try and answer the question above and discuss how JB Priestly expresses this opinion. An Inspector Calls is a play about a young girl named Eva Smith who faces many trials and tribulations caused by the Burling family which eventually leads to her committing suicide. When an Inspector comes to interrogate the family, we then learn one by one what each member of the Burling family has done and how it has affected Eva's life. JB Priestly wrote the play An Inspector Calls in 1945 just before the end of world war two. However, the play is set in 1912; before the start of world war one. The play is set in Brumley, England when people were trying to rebuild England as the war was coming to an end. The audience of this play during the late forties would've disliked the remarks Arthur Birling made about both world wars and the Titanic as they would've most likely lost some family members or acquaintances during this time. "You will hear some people say war is inevitable, I say to that- fiddlesticks". He also says "Titanic, unsinkable!" Priestly is trying to suggest that those who were regarded as upper class were ignorant. Also, he may imply that Mr Birling is a man who can talk but not much sense comes out. ...read more.


A dramatic device used in AIC is the light change. When the Inspector arrives, the light changes and becomes brighter. This could suggest that all their secrets are getting revealed as the room is brighter. The brightness could also refer to the Inspectors political views as the room got brighter, this could suggest that his views are of a higher status because off his social state to society. Another dramatic device that is used in AIC is the photograph of Eva Smith. Other than the Inspector, nobody looks at no more than one photo. Priestley has control over the audience as they never view the photo. With this photo, the Inspector has power over the emotions of the characters. The Inspector tells Sheila that "a customer complained about her - and she had to go," Although, shortly after mentioning this, the audience realise that the customer was Sheila. Sheila tells us that she had Eva fired for laughing at her. As Sheila is an important customer at Milwards, the department store where Eva worked, the company had no other choice but to fire Eva. To an extent, Sheila was jealous of Eva. However, the audience feel sympathy for Sheila as she regrets her actions in comparison to Mr Birling who believe his actions were correct. ...read more.


How Priestly set up Eric's entrance and his involvement was dramatic as Mrs Birling is ranting on about how the father is to blame for her death until she realised it was Eric, she was quick to stop talking. Eric met Eva in a Bar. He admitted to being the father. He offered her money but she kindly declined as she had a suspicion that the money was stolen. When the Inspector asked how he got the money, he admits to stealing. But as soon as he finds out what his mother has done, he is quick to blame his mother "you killed her - and the child she'd have had too - my child - your own grandchild - you killed them both - damn you." Unlike his mother, he feels remorse for his actions. The Inspector's message is "we are all responsible for each other. "And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." The imagery used; fire, blood and anguish all suggest that if the Birling's don't learn that we are all responsible for one another, then they will go to hell. The imagery used is extremely powerful as the inspector wants his final statement to the Birling's to be threatening as he wants to show both his authority and to enlighten them that what they do affects everybody around them. ...read more.

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