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Discuss how the social attitudes of 1910-1912 dictate how the characters actions and relations to the events portrayed in "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestley.

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Discuss how the social attitudes of 1910-1912 dictate how the characters actions and relations to the events portrayed in "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestley. The play "An Inspector Calls" was written by J.B. Priestley in 1945 just after the Second World War. J.B. Priestley was in 1894 in Bradford. His mother died in that that same year and his father remarried four years later. J.B. Priestley left school at sixteen and became a junior clerk at a wool-making firm. The play is set in 1912 just before the outbreak of the First World War. The location for the play is the house of a rich high middle class family. The play starts with the family celebrating the engagement of Sheila who is the Arthur's daughter to Gerald Croft who is the son of a rich businessman. Later in the play the mood turns sour when an Inspectors calls to investigate the death of Eva Smith and tells them they all are to blame for her death. During the era of the play, workers in factories and workers had almost no rights. The employers had full control of the workers but this began to change during this era. ...read more.

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She does not have a good relationship with her parents. She is very arrogant and rude towards to the lower class. She is a typical middle class man's daughter. She like her father has no respect for the lower class, which she shows when gets Eva Smith sacked. Sheila got sacked Eva from the clothes store after Eva looked better in a dress than Sheila. She also shows she is able to use her superior social class and wealth when almost blackmailing the clothes shop Eva worked at. Sheila did this by saying she would never shop at that shop again if they did not sack Eva. This shows a complete lack of respect for the lower class. This also shows that Sheila is a very jealous woman and cannot stand to see a lower class woman looking better than her. There is hope though for future generations because at the end of the play she is very remorseful. "I behaved badly too, I know I did. I'm ashamed of it." Gerald Croft is the son of a high-class business who owns a rival factory to Arthur Birling's works. Gerald's attitude to life is very laid back and relaxed. ...read more.

Conclusion

If he did rape her that was the worst act committed by any of the characters. He also later got her pregnant and did not want to have anything to do with the baby. He probably did not want to see the baby because it would bring shame to the family. Again like his sister he did show some respect by giving Eva money. Inspector Goole is a very mysterious character. His name is very similar to the word ghoul, which might mean he is a ghost. Another reason why he might be a ghost is that seems to know everything about all the characters. He is clearly a well-educated man and treats the higher class with no more respect than he does the lower classes. The plat " An Inspector Calls" shows the social attitudes towards the lower classes from the higher classes. The general attitude towards the lower class at the time of the play is poor and this repented by the main characters treating them badly, not letting them stand up for their rights, taking advantage of them and raping Eva. They did this because they thought because they were of a higher class they should treat them as they wished. In the play the treatment of Eva was noticed and the culprits were punished but it reality this would never of happened. Alex Botterill 11B ...read more.

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