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How Does Priestley Convey His Message in An Inspector Calls(TM)?

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Introduction

How Does Priestley Convey His Message in 'An Inspector Calls'? Priestly is well aware of the fact that it is a lot easier to condemn a character and the ideals they represent, rather than an abstract concept. The characters within the play are used as a medium, conveying Priestley's message of socialist reform through their actions and expressed beliefs. The play is a lesson in disguise, one of morals masquerading as a piece of theatre. The series of climaxes and revelations entertain audiences long enough for Priestley's message to be put across. The Inspector and what he represents is essentially the moral conscience of the audience as Priestley wants it to be. ...read more.

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Birling. This displays the dysfunction of capitalist society in relation to a socialist society. In addition to this, Mr. Birling never successfully defends himself and his beliefs as his narrow mindedness prevents him from understanding the Inspectors main purpose; to educate. This also allows the Inspector to gain the moral high ground, as there is no dramatic voice to argue the ideals of the Inspector. The Inspector uses religious references, particularly from the book of revelations such as 'fire and brimstone', and 'blood and anguish'. This adds another dimension to the Inspector as he appears to be not only omniscient, but omnipotent too, giving him a god like persona. ...read more.

Conclusion

'He was prejudiced from the start. Probably a socialist or some sort of crank.' This suggest that only the younger generation of society is open to reform, and is therefore more wise and open minded. This is ironic, as one would usually expect wisdom and understanding to come with age. Eric and Sheila symbolize the future, the correct way of the new, whilst Mr. and Mrs. Birling symbolize the old, ignorant ways of society. In conclusion I feel that the Priestley conveyed his message successfully, as the Inspector was very blunt and direct in his preaching. By condemning characters the audience could easily relate to, the audience becomes educated through their own judgment of the characters and ultimately themselves. However, the exaggerated characters distance the audience enough from the play to prevent offence, still allowing the play to serve its other purpose; to entertain. ...read more.

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