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How does J. B Priestly Turn What He Has Seen, thought and felt into literature and what’s your opinion of the view of life which he presents to us in ‘An Inspector Calls’?

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How does J. B Priestly Turn What He Has Seen, thought and felt into literature and what's your opinion of the view of life which he presents to us in 'An Inspector Calls'? J. B Priestly was born in Bradford 1894. His father was a school teacher and his mother died while Priestly was very young. He attended Grammar school but he left school to pursue his passion for writing and literature whilst working as a clerk in an office. In this period of time the social classes were very distinguishable, only rich men could vote, and the opinions of the poor were ignored. In 1914 at the age of twenty, Priestly was called to fight in the first world war. He became increasingly angry at the decisions made by the upper classes who were in charge of the war, as he saw many of his friends and colleagues die. What he saw in the war made Priestly want to give the upper class a message through his writing. Priestly believed the world, especially the upper classes weren't ready for war. 'An inspector calls' was written in 1945 after the second world war had ended. The play has many examples of how Priestly thought the class system was wrong, Priestly did this knowing it would mostly be the upper classes that saw the play. ...read more.


This is aimed at Birling because he is exploiting the poor, and taking what he wants from them with out remorse. Priestly comments on this because he wants the upper class to stop acting in such a selfish way. Mrs Birling is just as bad as her husband if not worse. When Eva is near the end of her troubles she turns to Mrs Birling who owns a charity group aiding people. When Eva arrives, she uses the name Mrs Birling. Mrs Birling is angry at this and therefore closes Eva's case. Leaving Eva with no help even from a charity group. Priestly hates how the upper class are so selfish and single minded. Up until that point Eva had been sacked twice, fell in love then dumped in an instant, got pregnant from a one night stand and then was turned down by the only help she could get. Mrs Birling also believes every thing Mr Birling says about the working class. Gerald is another member of the upper class who is always agreeing with Mr Birling, "Birling: They worked us hard in those days and kept us short of cash. Though even then-we broke out and had a bit of fun sometimes Gerald: I'll bet you did." Gerald is agreeing with him probably because Mr Birling seems to him as much older and wiser although Gerald's family are more wealthy than Birling's. ...read more.


Eva/Daisy is the character the audience sympathise with because of what has been done to her. Priestly strongly believes that one man's actions have a knock on effect i.e what happens to Eva in 'inspector calls' leading her to suicide. He believes that no man is an island, and everyone has a social responsibility. Everything anyone does always effects someone else, whether bad or good, purposely or by accident. I think this true, everything you or I do affects some-one else, so perhaps when you do something you should think of the consequences, not only the obvious ones but the lateral ones too: That way someone's actions would more often result in good. Priestly also believes people should admit to their guilt and not deny it. This I think is also true, telling the truth and admitting guilt usually results in less punishment than if you have lied and tried to deny it. What Priestly thinks about the class system I also agree with. All men should be treated equally and rewarded by merit of working hard, rather than being of a higher social class by birth. Just because somebody is richer than an other person it does not mean that they know more or that their opinions are more important. I think that in 'An Inspector Calls' J.B Priestly manages to get his thoughts and opinions to his audience through his characters and hopes to change the world he lives in. Robert symonds 10E 1 ...read more.

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