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Explore How Priestley Presents His Ideas To An Audience In Act One Of "An Inspector Calls" Although J. B. Priestley was born many years after the ancient Greek civilisation produced some of its great literature, he still decided to use a similar way in which there greatest and therefore probably the greatest philosophers conveyed there ideological views, opinions and philosophies about society. He decided to utilise similar techniques as Plato and his famous student Aristotle and write a play-script about his views on society. He used his play script to convey his combined philosophical and political views, which happened to be a socialist view, of how Britain should be run. Socialism is a scheme of social organisation where it is believed best that the community itself controls places of production and distribution instead of huge organisations, and the government. This is a basic overview of the political theory; it is much like the Karl Marx communism view, however it is less extreme. ...read more.

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as well as Oscar Wilde. Not to mention John Lennon, Martin Buber, and Albert Einstein. Preistley used as a theatrical device to influence the way in which people saw there own lives, and how they could change. There is a lot of emphasis placed on the audience and how they are behaving in their lives, and almost how they have had a visit from the inspector themselves. Priestly decides to play with time in this play, and at the start of the modern version by the Royal National Theatre, the inspector comes from the audience, and walks onto the main stage this means that he is coming from us, our time and dimension. Which means he is in our time frame, and therefore must travel back in time in order to get to Brumely. When the inspector arrives the lighting changes from the beginning of the play. This tells us of a change in mood and sets a new frame of mind, for the equilibrium of the dinner to be destroyed. ...read more.

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The inspector is used as a theatrical device not only to create mystery, but also to literally "inspect" both all the characters, and the audience. And this is how Preistley intended the play to focus people's views on society, so it wasn't just looking at fictional characters, but the whole audience as well. As a possible social deduction, it is pretty simple, and doesn't have many complex views on how he thinks the society of the time should change however I believe the message is much more effective as it is easier to understand and fully comprehend. Furthermore, it is more personal then just a social change, it is about peoples individual ethics and morals, which is not only much more personal, but a lot different to telling how a whole nation to get back to a normal routine after the second war. He also introduces the characters very well, in order for them to be slightly interrogated. He also manages to set up the characters ethics, and morals, very strongly, yet they seemed to be futile when refereed to at the end of the play. ...read more.

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