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How effectively does Priestley dramatise his socialistmessage in 'An Inspector calls'?

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How effectively does Priestley dramatise his socialist message in 'An Inspector calls'? Inspector: We are not alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. Priestley is extremely effective when dramatising his socialist views, such as the one above, in the novel 'An Inspector calls'. I see this play as a machine, and in this machine there are different parts to it, which make up the whole play. For example the inspector, the main character in the play, would be the main cog. It is around him with which everything in the play turns. Then there is the Birling family. Every single member of this family, including Gerald Croft who recently engaged to the daughter Sheila, has a part in the death of the girl. This girl, Eva Smith/Daisy Renton, is a spiritual character. Although we do not see her in the play, she is a crucial part of the play. Then there are those dramatical devices that Priestley uses that are very small but still exceedingly important to the machine that I touched on earlier. The setting in the play is constant. There are no scene changes and the play runs on without interruption. ...read more.

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Mr Birling is a well off Businessman who has firm capitalist views and, in the play, is used almost as the capitalist fool who predicts a wonderful world of increased capital. His comments are used, along with dramatic irony, to make the audience realise the wrongs of the upper class. At the factory he owns there was a strike amongst the workers for a better wage. Mr Birling saw it as his 'duty to keep labour costs down' and as Eva Smith, as Mr Birling knew her, was one of the ringleaders, he fired her. A symbol of the upper-classes, oppressing the poor. Mr Birling who gave no remorse to her when he fired her made Eva a scapegoat. He didn't consider the bleak future she would face and treated her like a 2nd rate citizen. Mr Birling was acting like a typical capitalist boss. He didn't care about the workers who worked for him, as they needed him 2 survive. He could literally pay them peanuts and they would still work for him. His only thought was to keep costs down. Mrs Birling is described as a 'cold' woman, born into a well off family. ...read more.

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The setting is '...general effect of is substantial and heavily comfortable, but not cosy and homelike...are very pleased with themselves.' While the family is comfortable nothing is assumed to be wrong. It is during this time though when Mr Birling makes numerous amounts of capitalist comments. Touching on the bell that I mentioned earlier, it could also be a bell of frustration for Priestley. Like when a volcano erupts due to immense pressure. The setting is an effective dramatisation of his views because it shows them all comfortable, but as soon as the Inspector comes, they are uneasy and they quickly disunite. The lighting must also be touched upon. It starts off pink and intimate and when the Inspector comes it gets 'lighter and harder'. In conclusion, Priestley uses many dramatical devices to air his socialist message. From having an Inspector who isn't a real inspector, to the question on the audience's lips: is he a real person at all? He also uses the set lighting to dramatise his views. Priestley did not write a book for just a warning for war in WW1 and 2. I believe his message should be heard in places like the Middle East. Where is the togetherness and Unity there? Nyasha Sakutukwa 10B ...read more.

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