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GCSE Literature Coursework

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Introduction

GCSE Literature Coursework "Set in 1912, written in 1945. Priestley has managed to write a play that is still relevant in 2005." Focusing on language, structure and character comment on how he manages it. In the play, "An inspector calls" by J.B. Priestley there are great similarities and differences in which both relate from the time the play was set, time it was written in and now, the time it is viewed in. The relations between all go from something as little to how things happened to things as big as war in the world and how ironic things are. Some of the issues that are going to be discussed are; Status that people have in there community and how important it is, the fact that war is still going on when at the time the play was set war would not have been thought to ever happen again, classes and how they play a big part in peoples lives and about the big things that happen in a certain era have huge effects on public moods and whether they relate in anyway to the other era's involved. The relations that are going to be looked at aren't just what the years 1912, 1945and 2005 have in common but the comparisons that can be made about all too. ...read more.

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Today that thought is still around for some people but many do think happiness cannot be bought. In 1945 a lot of people were depressed after six years of war, two bombs were dropped on Japan killing many people and there was a lot of mixed emotion and controversy about what was to be done for the society next. However, a more positive result of war ending brought a result of class distinctions being greatly reduced, women having a more known position in society and being given more chances and value and also there was a great desire for social change with peoples status' and a new government to be Labour to change all this. Every person was given new chances with no exception... no matter their background "War had broken boundaries and walls between classes down" as said by Stephen Daldry. As this is the year that Priestley wrote "An inspector calls" he will have had all these things in mind and a lot more. His ideas will have reflected the public moods and after yet another war his feelings from the 1st war will have come back having a great influence on what he was to write about i.e. "An inspector calls" being written at that time but yet being set in 1912. ...read more.

Conclusion

even more important than the inspector. With the character of Birling I think Priestley is trying to convey a typical hard headed business of 1912 and a man who he would have had conflict with. Also if Birling was a man of 2005 he certainly would have to be away from certain people as he would not be accepted and he wouldn't accept other people, also him thinking he is above everybody else would be a great mistake as even his family would not accept it no more and he would have to find a way of changing. Referring back to the original question of: "Set in 1912, written in 1945. Priestley has managed to write a play that is still relevant in 2005." Focusing on language, structure and character comment on how he manages it. Priestley manages to do so by adding his experiences and feelings into the play as he was a very open minded man and has pretty much the same views of people today, that there should be no class system and people should be equal. These views and the ones about war and status, are the great relations between 1912 1945 and 2005, otherwise there would be no relevance in which the yeas were alike or different, Priestley has created a very effective play in which years of audiences have related to. By Laura Morrisroe 10zd ...read more.

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