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I definitely do not think that you should get rid of 'An Inspector Calls' as a G.C.S.E book

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Dear Miss Garcia I definitely do not think that you should get rid of 'An Inspector Calls' as a G.C.S.E book the future pupils at West Hatch will read, as it is an outstanding book and I'm sure many peopole who have read it would agree with me. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I think it would be a great shame if others missed out on the opportunity of reading it. I hope you take this letter seriously and I will sway your thoughts so 'An Inspector Calls' stays in the curriculum. As I give you an excellent coursework piece about the book I hope you realise how good the book really is. I will tell you personally what lessons are to be made from the book and why 'An Inspector Calls' is a brilliant book. So read carefully please. John Boynton Priestley was a socialist. He believed that whether we acknowledged it or not, we are in a community and have a responsibility to look after others. He wrote "An Inspector Calls" to highlight these beliefs and share them. In writing this essay, I intend to show Priestley's aims in writing the play, how he showed these aims and how successful he was in conveying his ideas. You can only speculate on the aims of a playwright in writing a play. ...read more.


With the upper class, we have mentalities like that of Sybil Birling, who would seem to think that all members of the lower classes are beneath her and her family. She say to Birling "Arthur, you're not supposed to say such things," when he compliments the cook (the cook being a member of the lower classes). This shows that she believes that the lower classes are there to serve, not to be thanked or complimented. This is a strange viewpoint for a "prominent member of the Brumley Women's Charity Organisation". With the lower classes however, we have Eva Smith, a young woman who is shown as the innocent victim of the thoughtless actions of the Birlings. This contrast is one of many in the play, set up to show one side to be better than the other. The Inspector against Birling, Eva Smith against Sybil Birling, Sheila and Eric at the end of the play against Arthur and Sybil, they all show examples of what Priestley viewed as the Right way against the Wrong way. The way the latter parties in each contrast I have mentioned act in a way such as to cause the audience to see them as in the wrong, making the other party correct. The other parties have views similar to Priestley, so Priestley was trying to get his message of community and socialism across to the audience through the actions of the characters. ...read more.


I think the majority of people who have seen this play would have liked to think of themselves as an Eric or a Sheila. The aim of Priestley when he wrote this play, I believe, was to make us think, to make us question our own characters and beliefs. He wasted to show us that we can change, and we can decide which views we side with. He wanted us to ask ourselves if we wanted to be a Sheila or a Sybil, an Eric or an Arthur. Or, were we in-between like Gerald. Priestley wanted the audience to learn from the mistakes of the Birlings. I think that Priestley wanted to make a difference; not a world changing difference, but a small difference in the way people think. Then, if you think of every person who coming out of the play gave some money to a beggar in the street, you would see that Priestley did make a difference. It would have changed people's views on society, however small those changes would be, and so Priestley achieved his aims in writing the play. I hope you even learnt a lot about the book from my essay and I hope that you realise that 'An Inspector Calls' was an enjoyable yet educational book which everyone would enjoy reading. Yours sincerely Leah Brin 11PN ...read more.

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