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Focusing particularly on Arthur Birling & Inspector Goole Show how Priestly uses character to convey his opinions & attitudes.

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An Inspector Calls Focusing particularly on Arthur Birling & Inspector Goole Show how Priestly uses character to convey his opinions & attitudes! An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly was first performed in 1945. The play was set in 1912 before the war; it centres around the wealthy Birling family. A visit from the mysterious Inspector Goole proves to be a horrifying experience for the Birling's as they learn that they have all played a part in the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. Priestly's main aim was to encourage people to take responsibility for their actions, not to shift the blame on to others. Priestly attempts to convey his attitudes and ideas through the characters in the play. He uses the inspector to voice his own opinions. The Birling's are used to show how not to behave. He established each of his characters in the play the way he thought people were. The Birling's were very worried about appearances. The way they dressed and how their house was decorated. Their house had 'good solid furniture of the period'. ...read more.

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Priestly wanted the Inspector to appear to be intimidating. `He wasn't a big man but he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness'. Omniscient and omnipotent the mysterious Inspector Goole persuades the Birling's to confess to their crimes. Even his name has ghostly connotations; he seems to know everything he is in control. It's almost as though he knows the future. Inspector Goole's dress sets him apart from the Birling's. They are dressed to impress. `All five are in evening dress of the period, the men in tails and white ties, not dinner jackets'. The women wear long formal dresses. The Inspector by contrast is dressed in a `plain darkish suit of the period'. He is dressed smartly but he is not concerned with status and appearance. Mr. Birling believes its every man for himself, to look after number one, and not to care for poor people to forget about community. He is very sexist as he tries to hide the truth form his family particularly from Sheila. ...read more.

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Birling pretends nothing has happened. He hasn't learnt a lesson at all, he thinks if he pretends life is the same and that everything is normal no one will notice anything is wrong. His beliefs have not changed even after that has happened. The Inspectors final speech was that `we are all members of one body, we are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire, blood and anguish'. The Inspector represents the voice of Priestly. He believes in community and if we don't work together then disaster is inevitable. Priestly's main aim in the play was to show what would happen if we didn't work together as a community. The play is there to highlight the problems of class divide, he wanted his audiences to learn something from his plays. The moral of `An Inspector Calls' is that no matter what class we are we are all equal and that we must work together. Priestly wanted to get this moral across, I think he did, but unfortunately there will always be people like the Birling's. ...read more.

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