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How effectively does Priestly communicate his message to the audience in Act 1?

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How effectively does Priestly communicate his message to the audience in Act 1? By Lauren Hewett 10 V Miss. Lloyd English Essay Priestly effectively communicates his message to the audience in Act 1 by using many different techniques. Priestly deliberately set his play in 1912 because the date represented an era which was very different from the time that he was writing. In 1912, rigid class and gender boundaries seemed to ensure that nothing would change. Yet by 1945, most of these boundaries had been broken and Priestly wanted to make the most of this opportunity and, through the play, he encouraged people to seize the opportunity the end of the war had given them to build a more caring society. "An Inspector Calls," was able to show the audience of 1945 how silly and socialistic they had been by being unaware of the lives of the lower class workers. Apart from Edna the maid, the cast of "An Inspector Calls," does not include any lower class characters. We only see the rich and upper classes of the Birlings and Gerald Croft. Yet we learn a lot about the lower class as we, the audience, are able to see the attitude that the Birlings had for them. ...read more.

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Throughout Act 1, Sheila grows up a tremendous amount. Sheila started off as a "a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited." By the end of Act 1, she is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible." These actions are very similar to the suffragette movement allowing women to become more self dependant and giving women the right to openly express their opinions. Priestly used the suffragette society in "An Inspector Calls," because it was an event that changed many women's lives and brought about a revolution for change. Throughout Act 1, Sheila matures from a girl who is constantly being patronized by her mother, into a woman with feelings for others and a broad view of life. It is very noticeable the difference in how the different generations react to the Inspectors messages. Sheila was honest and admitted her faults to the Inspector and felt responsible for the death of a "human being." Not only that, but she examines her conscience and decides what is best for others rather than thinking about her herself all the time as she did as we were introduced to her at the beginning of Act One. ...read more.

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This is shown by the way that he interrogated Mr. Birling. Birling tried to stop the Inspector from asking too many questions by constantly saying that he was once "Lord Mayor" and was "currently celebrating Gerald Croft's engagement" to his daughter. By saying all of this, Birling was trying to oppose the Inspector by showing off and telling that he was very well established and well connected throughout the community. However, the Inspector ignored this and finally found out the truth by breaking away the shields that the Birlings tried to create to save themselves from ruining their social standing. All in all, I think that the Inspector is Priestly in disguise and he has used that character as a door to unlocking the ignorance that many people had in 1912. By doing this, he is able to communicate to us and the audience, about the mistakes that our pre-second world war generation made and how inconsiderate they were to the factory workers which had made them rich and given them social status. "An Inspector Calls," is a very political drama as Priestly uses historical events to shape the different characters and get messages across to the different social and political parties. Lauren Hewett English 10 V Miss. Lloyd 1 ...read more.

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