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Analyse the Different ways Priestley uses his Characters to Portray society in 'An Inspector Calls'.

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Kyri Koni 10G Analyse the Different ways Priestley uses his Characters to Portray society in 'An Inspector Calls In An Inspector Calls, there are many ways he uses his characters to portray the British society. In this essay, I will try and explain as much as possible about everyone that is involved in the play. The first major point I'd like bring up, is that the whole play does not have a 3D character. This means that there in the play to say something about society, not themselves. So this play was only a one off as it's not about the peoples personalities. Priestley is not trying to create a major story but involve enough people to explain all the different views in society. Also, Priestley uses a variety of techniques such as devices, where Eva Smith is used as a device to try and get more of the information out of the characters. Also, Eva Smith is the only non- active character in the whole play. She does not say anything but is used very cleverly by the writer to reveal many of the flaws that occur in society. He uses another technique called foreshadowing where Priestley writes hints in the play to try and tell us that something happens in the later part of the play. ...read more.


Just when Gerald thought he had got away with it, the inspector figured it out just in time. Gerald was having an affair with a prostitute. But it wasn't any prostitute, it was the woman who is always involved in the play, but never actually in the episodes (this is what we call a device), as she committed suicide not long after Gerald broke up with her. And after he had admitted this, he was respected more as a person for telling the truth whereas he could've been hated even more by Sheila. "In fact, in some odd way, I rather respect you more than I've ever done before."(pge 40) Another reason why he wasn't a horrible man was because he took the time and commitment to take care of Daisy Renton (the prostitute), by feeding her and giving her money. But there were many disadvantages to this affair. Firstly, He shouldn't have been in the bar in the first place, and he deliberately went looking for a woman. He rescued Daisy and took her from the stalls bar and it ultimately helped Daisy to try and get her life back to normal with someone she could talk to and co-operate with. This even led to getting her a brief happy time in her life and getting her morale up. ...read more.


The final thing I would like to say about the inspector is that his final speech is the most important in the play. Basically, what he is trying to say is that every mistake or flaw that you make in society will change people's lives, and that everything and everybody doesn't revolve around one person. "We are responsible for each other."(pge 56) Also, he is saying that if people do not learn from their mistakes, they will have to suffer the consequences in the near future. "If men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." (pge 56) To conclude, there are two types of message that are revealed in the play. One is optimism which is told by Eric and Sheila as they are the only people in the play that have committed a serious crime whereas the rest thought they were going to get away with it just as the real inspector phones up. It is an optimistic message because if people will learn from their mistakes, people will become happier. The other message is a pessimistic message, where people like Gerald and both the Birlings will not learn from their mistakes. Priestley is trying to say about society that if people make mistakes and flaws, sometimes it will change the course of peoples lives, and Priestley uses a very good example of Eva Smith. ...read more.

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