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Do you think J.B Priestly tried to entertain as well as educate?

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Ben Higo 11Ahe. 2nd October 2002 Do you think J.B Priestly tried to entertain aswell as educate? I personally think the writer of 'An Inspector Calls', J.B Priestly tried to educate more than entertain. I don't think it mattered much to him whether people liked or disliked this play, but that they left the theatre thinking about it and what it meant. In this essay I will try to explain this using a variety of different methods, including singling out certain characters and showing how they have tried t get the moral across in their own way, and by going into focus on the inspector who believe educates the most and who makes the biggest impression on the audience watching the play. However to do this I should show what I believe the moral of this tale is The writer made the moral of this story known at the very beginning, however we were not to know this until the end when it became apparent what the moral was. Priestly uses very clever subtleties in his work which are hard to pick up on unless you know hat you are looking for. It is just such a subtle occurrence that makes the moral apparent. It happens during Arthur Birlings speech near the beginning of the first act, the one concerning how society today is too concerned about each other and not enough about themselves. That if they looked after their own more life would be much easier. ...read more.


She notices that inspector is waiting for each of the characters to say there part before destroying there story completely in implementing them in the girls death in some way. She tries to warn her mother of this but she is far too pompous and feels she is too far above the inspector for him to do any real damage to her. How wrong she was. Sheila realises from her mothers opening sentence to the inspector, "we'll be glad to tell you anything you want to know but I don't think we can help you much", that she has just dug herself a whole and is about to fall into it. "I'm afraid you'll do something or say something that you'll regret afterwards", is Sheila's vain attempt to save her mother from the inspectors knowing wrath. Sheila and to a slightly lesser extent Eric are the only ones who accept full responsibility for their actions leading to the young girls death, and they are fully prepared to learn from their actions to ensure nothing like this will ever happen to them or anyone else again. From this I believe the writer is trying to teach us two things. Firstly, I believe he is saying that the world as a whole should not continue making the mistakes of the past, but learn from them so that society may grow and improve as a result. Secondly, I also believe he is trying to tell us that our children are our future, the next generation if you will, and that we should make them aware of our past mistakes so that societies problems and drawbacks do not get carried on through time. ...read more.


However Mrs B. was so insulted by the girls supposed ignorance that she used her power and influence to have the girls plea refused. Essentially tying the not around her neck. This again shows Mr Priestlys moral in yet another form. He is showing that we must not judge society by its shortcomings, everybody makes mistakes and we are no exception. We should look beyond those to society's good points to help us get a view of what it is really like, Mrs B. didn't even give Eva that chance and she died because of it. This does not strike me as the type of woman suitable for charity work, and I believe this to be her showing off her class by showing she does not need a paying job as she has enough money already. Last but by no means least come the inspector himself, Mr Goole. His name suggest he is a ghost, however I believe him to be the characters consciences. An apparition created by the own minds after years of making decisions that they neither knew nor cared about, but which had often irreparably harmed the courses of those peoples lives. He was a teacher, and his lesson was that we should take more care about what we say and do, because, even though we may not know it, we are carelessly changing the world in which we live and the society in which we reside. These changes are minor and often passable, but over long periods of time they build up, and, just like the inspector caught up with the Birlings, Our mistakes shall one day catch up with us. ...read more.

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