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AN INSPECTOR CALLS This play is written by J.B. Priestley in 1945 but is set in an earlier period before World War I. Priestley has wanted us to accept our responsibility for all our work, in this play and has preached a compassionate and broad type of socialism. The Inspector, an enigmatic figure, is used to portray this message. It is through the idea of the detective thriller, that Priestley conveys his moral message, which particularly had considerable dramatic impact on the audiences at that time. The purpose of Inspector's visit in the play is the same as Priestley's purpose for writing the play as they both want to reveal the truth and help to change the attitudes of people towards the society. In this play, Priestley uses the Inspector as a substitute of him self to put his socialist points across which adds drama in the play because we have to think about what he is trying to do. Priestly conveys his message through the character of the Inspector who although is not real but adds a great deal of tension and drama. The inspector in the play plays a role of a socialist as he is against capitalist views and so is Priestley. ...read more.


he is very welcoming towards him. When the Inspector starts to tell the characters about the reason he is there Birling becomes angry and uptight. When Sheila comes in to ask when he is going to join his wife in the streets, she becomes very curious and interrupts with, "What's this about streets?" When she notices Inspector Goole she immediately becomes very lady-like. The Inspector explains why he is there and she becomes very upset, she behaves as if she knew Eva Smith very well. Mr Birling still has the attitude of "I still can't accept any responsibility". Not only this, Mr Birling is partly responsible for Eva Smith's suicide he discharged her from his factory for "suddenly wanting more money", he was responsible for her being out of work for two months, being forced into lodgings and being "half-starved". Overall he is not totally responsible for the suicide itself. Birling's son, Eric, causes this. As he forces himself on her at first, but then they have an affair and she fell pregnant with his lovechild. Birling gets disappointed when he finds this out, "you damned fool - why didn't you come to me when you found yourself in this mess?" Eric's reply to this was that his father was not the kind of person you come to. ...read more.


Inspector Goole is Priestley's perspective and his play has a strong message for the audience about the need to care for others in society. This play presents a short amount of time in which those who are amenable face up to their guilt and faults and are able to learn a moral message. In this way Priestley's message has been conveyed effectively. Priestley's aim is to influence the audience to the community and responsibility. Priestley places twists to take the play away from a particular character, to make the play more significant to the audience. An Inspector Calls has considerable dramatic impact because the audience feels, responds and takes sides with characters as they are being questioned and are involved throughout the play. However post war audiences would appreciate Priestley's divination of a lesson, 'they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish'. Overall, the message that priestly is trying to convey is that we all should take responsibility for our actions and consider the consequences that might have for other members of society. Priestley is also trying to say that we shouldn't keep things secret because our conscience could unravel them. Though he is successful in changing the younger generation, but cannot change the older generation. The play ends with suspense, as the family have to face the consequences of not learning their mistakes, which priestly wants to 'tell' us. ?? ?? ?? ?? KUNAL RASTOGI 11 BOU 1 ...read more.

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