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How does Priestley convey his social message in an Inspector Calls?

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`Name: Sufyan Mussood Coursework: How does Priestley convey his social message in an Inspector Calls? The play an Inspector Call's was written at the time of 1945 but is set in 1912. Priestley conveys a lot of social and important messages in this play. He conveys the messages through the character of Inspector Goole. One most important message that Priestley conveys is about Socialism. Socialism is one of the greatest messages that Priestley conveys. This message is spoken through the inspector. The Inspector represents Priestley's strong moral views. Through the play, the Inspector's character is shown as if he is Priestley's image, and also shows that he is no ordinary Inspector. His character is shown as if he is more concerned with morality than legality, other than that of an ordinary Policeman/Inspector. The character of the Inspector has six main attributes about the Inspector, which show that he is not an ordinary Inspector, the name. His physical description, his views, catalyst, his impressions and his morality. The name of the Inspector is Goole. If spelt the other way, it is Ghoul, implying someone who has a morbid interest in death, or a spirit, which is said to take fresh life from corpses. ...read more.

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Then in 1939 the Second World War starts, a mass killing on a scale larger than that of the First World War, 55 million people dead, 6 million Jewish people killed in concentration camps. Because these events have a significant effect on Priestley's play and they are important to consider when reading the script and thinking about the themes the play discusses it makes Mr. Birling look like a complete idiot. Because the play is written in 1945, but set in 1912, this affects the audience's perceptions of certain characters and ideas. The Inspector's entrance also has a very big effect in the script, because of the point of disruption in which is told his arrival has come. The Inspector's disruption happens when Mr. Birling says, "You'd think everybody has to look after everybody else", Birling is disrupted in the middle of his next sentence, when a ring is heard at the door and the Inspector arrives, to give, in effect, the author's reply. This reply is eventually stated quite explicitly, after the Inspector has shown that everybody in the Birling family is involved in the death of Eva Smith. ...read more.

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Birling says "You seem to have made a great impression on this child, Inspector". Mrs. Birling is shown as if she thinks Sheila is a child, when she is not. One way to prove that she is no child is that Sheila is engaged. The family status of Mrs. Birling is shown stronger than Mr. Birling. This is because Mrs. Birling is from an old money family. This status also affects the way Mrs. Birling treats Edna and Eva. Mrs. Birling shows no respect for people with low status and no money. Because the character of Eva is not shown, it gives the effect on the audience, that she is not real. Priestley also shows that Charity is also corrupt and run by the rich, when Mrs. Birling disregards Eva at the time when she needs money. Forgiveness is the last sign shown at the end of the book, when the Inspector offers the family a second chance when he leaves. Because they believe that the character of Eva is not real, the effect on the end implies the Inspector was a ghost giving a sign to the Birling family. Priestley in this script shows that an action can affect a person's life in a major way, and explains socialism is very important. Sufyan Mussood ...read more.

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