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An Inspector Calls - Why did Priestley set the play before the First World War?

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Introduction

An Inspector Calls Section B Why did Priestley set the play before the First World War? Priestley set the play before the First World War because . . . . . . . . * Wanted to show what life was like with a rigid class system, For example Gerald and Eva would not marry. * Wanted to show what life was like with no unemployment benefit. * In 1945 people had mixed much more to help each other during the war. * There were plans for state support for health and unemployment. * Priestley wants people to decide which kind of life is better for people 1912 or 1945. ...read more.

Middle

. . . . . . * They are rich and self satisfied. * They only care about money and themselves. * They use their power to hurt other people, for example, Sheila got the girl sacked * He wants us to see how unfair life is if people like the Birlings are in charge. Who, or what is the Inspector? The Inspector could be several things. He could be . . . . . . . * Could be their conscience * Could be their imagination * Could be supernatural because he knows such a lot about them When does he appear? Why is this important? How does Priestley make sure we see him as unusual? The Inspector appears . . . . . . ...read more.

Conclusion

. . . . . . * In one room, so we focus all the time on the action and not the scenery * We feel that the characters are shut in and cannot escape * The timing makes us feel everyone is under pressure to find out the truth At the end, just when everyone thinks they have got away with it, another Inspector calls. What effect does this have on the characters in the play and the people watching? Is this still effective, do you think? When another inspector is on his way, we see that the characters are . . . . . . * Characters are frightened and worried * Audience-wonder if it was all really true Still effective because we want to know if the Birlings and Gerald really are guilty ...read more.

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