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'How does J.B. Priestly convey his message in an Inspector Calls?'- Inspector calls coursework

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'How does J.B. Priestly convey his message in an Inspector Calls?'- Inspector calls coursework J.B. Priestly wrote an Inspector calls in 1945; it is, in my opinion a very impressive and influential piece of writing. In my essay I aim to explain how J.B. Priestly conveys his message in this play and I hope to back my statements up with evidence from the text. I feel, though, that to fully understand the text then first you need to know about the author so I will start with a short summarisation about J.B. Priestly. J.B. Priestly was born in 1894. From a very young age Priestly knew he wanted to be a writer but chose to take a different path rather than going to university as he believed he would learn more about the world away from study halls and lectures. Due to this choice it is safe to assume that J.B. Priestlys work is filled with real world experience and the views he portrays throughout the text of An Inspector Calls have been learned through personal experience rather than being told by others, as such his work is valuable and still relevant as it provides an insight into the minds of not only J.B. Priestly but of people of the time. ...read more.

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If it were said that he represents capitalism then it would make sense to say that it makes capitalism seem stupid. The theme of politics stretches right throughout the play. The Inspectors battle with Mr Birling is symbolic of a battle between capitalism and socialism/communism. Even though the Inspector manages to show them that they all played a part in the death of Eva Smith most of them still refuse to accept any responsibility and don't change they're ways. I feel that the final phone call is a final reminder that capitalism is wrong and supporting it is wrong. The play was first performed in Moscow in 1945 and as it was a communist state it was obviously going to agree with the message of the play and hence support it and give it the elevation needed for the message to be spread on a wider scale. It was also relevant at the time as a propaganda play, J.B. Priestly wanted a labour victory in an upcoming election in 1945 and the message of his play support them and helped them to victory. He wanted them to win because after they did they made Britain into a welfare state, i.e. helping others, which is what Priestly believed in as he was a socialist. ...read more.

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He wants it to shake up the cosy lives of the capitalists in Britain and bring their deficiencies to light; the sound effect of the door signals the arrival of socialism. Mr. Birling tries to make out that he is above the law, which implies he is above anyone else. This is Priestly's way of conveying the message that the upper classes have it all while the poorer are being left to fend for themselves, it shows that the upper classes are putting themselves above the others and aren't treating them fairly. This was something Priestly desperately wanted to change and bring to light and this message was conveyed in An Inspector Calls using that method. The identity of the character of the Inspector is debateable; one view is that he is J.B. Priestly himself. The lighting is pink and intimate when just the capitalists are in the room but the arrival of the Inspector shatters this. Priestly would have been hoping that his play, as he was a socialist, would have shattered the comfortable position of the capitalist people when it arrived. As such the Inspector was actually an embodiment of the effect that Priestly was hoping the play would have on society. In conclusion there are many messages portrayed in 'An Inspector Calls'. It is an important book that is as relevant today as it was when it was written. ?? ?? ?? ?? Vincent Hale, Coursework Essay 'An Inspector Calls'- coursework essay ...read more.

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