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Does Priestley Succeed In Presenting A Convincing Left Wing Message In An Inspector Calls?

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Does Priestley Succeed In Presenting A Convincing Left Wing Message In An Inspector Calls? To an extent I agree with the fact that J.B Priestley succeeds in presenting a convincing left wing message. The play seems to be biased towards a left wing point of view. The play is set before World War 1 and was first shown just after World War 2.This enabled the audience to feel clever, self satisfied and self-righteous because they have the privilege of hindsight. For example in Act 1 Mr. Birling shows us an example of the arrogant middle class when he says "... you'll hear some people say that war's inevitable and to that I say fiddlesticks!" and "....a friend of mine went over this new liner last week - the titanic - she sails - next week forty six thousand eight hundred tons - forty six thousand eight hundred tons - New York in five days and every luxury - and unsinkable absolutely unsinkable." These two declarations by Mr. Birling concern things Mr. Birling is so sure are going to happen. However when shown to an audience after World War 2 where the scars the war had left were still felt, the audience could clearly see that Mr. ...read more.


Sheila was jealous of Eva so took it into her own hands and with her power got this lovely helpless girl fired for nothing. Mrs. Birling is also guilty. She is full of self righteousness: "I used my power to have it [Eva's application for charity] refused" says Mrs. Birling. This is when Eva went to the charitable institution Mrs. Birling worked for. Mrs. Birling decided that Eva was not deserving of help, so like Sheila she used her social power to refuse her help. She was trusted with the power to decide who was worthy and this was obviously a worthy case but she had said no and so that was final. Eric is a spoilt and over indulged young man who could not resist temptation. Eric admits "I got it [the money he stole] from the office", clearly showing the audience and Mr. Birling who suddenly realizes, that this boy has no sense of what money is. This is tremendously upsetting for Mr. Birling who himself had to work his way up to the upper middle class and so valuing money to its full extent and he now realizes that his son has no appreciation of his money and so he says that Eric will have to work it off. ...read more.


To this Mr. Birling still replies: "Nonsense you'll have a good laugh over it yet" he is adamant it is all a joke. However if all was serious his chance of getting a knighthood would now be next to nothing. This shows us he was scared at the time about the truth in all of it but has now reverted to his usual arrogant complacency. Mr. Birling continues to disprove the evidence that was shown to him and the rest of his family: "There wasn't any proof that Eva Smith was Daisy Renton." His efforts to make it all seem fake to the children are evidence of his fear of change and fear of seeming weak. Lastly after the phone call it's hard not to believe the inspectors message and it's taken to heart at once by Mr. Birling. This final note of the phone call makes the audience remember the inspector's left wing moral message and ponder over it for the rest of the night. The play is disturbing in that the audience understands that the older Birlings seem incapable of redemption yet priestly succeeds in imparting his moralistic left wing message about the value of freedom and social equality. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ephraim Chevern 10E Ephraim Chevern 10E 1 ...read more.

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