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An Inspector Calls. What Is The Political Message In The J.B. Priestly Play 'An Inspector Calls' And How Is It Delivered?

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An Inspector Calls. What Is The Political Message In The J.B. Priestly Play 'An Inspector Calls' And How Is It Delivered? The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written by J.B. Priestly in 1945, it is set in 1912 just before the disaster of the titanic. The play is all set in the dining room of the Birling family home. Mr Birling owns his own factory and Mrs Birling is from an upper class background they are quite wealthy and Mr Birling is also a magistrate. They have two children a daughter called Shelia who is in her mid twenties and a son called Eric who is in his early twenties. They have all just finished their meal and they are all cheerful as Shelia and an other factory owner's son, Gerald Croft has just got engaged. After they are about to go two the drawing room an inspector calls at the door to interrogate each of them systematically, as he claims they are all involved in the death of a young girl called Eva Smith. ...read more.

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J.B. Priestly make Birling give yet another speech to Gerald and Eric and uses it almost as if it was an election and Mr Birling was putting forward his final views as he says; "But the way some of these cranks talk now, you'd think everybody has to look out for everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that nonsense. But take my word for it, you youngsters - and I've learnt in the good hard school of experience - that a man has to mind his own business and look after his own - and-" It is significant that just as Birling makes the point "a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own" when Mr Birling is forced to stop as the inspector has rung the door bell as if to challenge that final point made by the communist. The inspector then asks each of them questions about Eva Smith and gets them all to confess to unknowingly helping the girl on towards her death. ...read more.

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The inspector leaves the play with one last short point: "And I tell you that the time will come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire, blood and anguish." This line is delivered right after the speech given by the inspector while the audience would be think about socialist and communist views and is purposely left to the end so that it is the last thing the audience have to decide on socialist or communist view. I conclude the play 'An Inspector Calls' puts across the views of both the communist and the socialist, with Priestly delivering the communist views through a self opinionated business man who makes false predictions throughout the time he is putting across his opinion and then countering them with the socialistic views delivered through an inspector that just proved to the business man that every event in life has an impact on other people and concludes with a hard hitting speech that is delivered straight to the audience. Priestly cleverly uses this tactic and this ensures that the message of the socialist is put through much stronger and more effect. James Clark English Coursework ...read more.

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