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Inspector Calls

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Evaluate the success of Priestley's use of settings in expounding his socialist agenda in An Inspector Calls. "An Inspector Calls" was set in 1912 and aimed to get a message across to its audience. What was this message and how did Priestley's use of setting expound his socialist agenda? This essay will evaluate the question. The play is written to effect and influence the audiences' views and feelings towards the plot. At the beginning of the play during Sheila and Gerald's engagement, everybody is celebrating with happiness so the author portrays a "pink and intimate" lighting which creates a soft, smooth and inviting environment. ...read more.

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"There isn't a chance of war", dramatic irony is also used here and this repetitive and reckless attitude towards social matters leads an awful start to Birlings character to the audience. When Edna (housekeeper) declares the Inspectors arrival, worry's already occur. "Here what do you mean? Well I don't think it's very funny" Eric begins to behave suspicious to Gerald's joke. This creates the audience to become uncomfortable and makes the audience think that Eric is suspicious. "Perhaps I ought to explain first, this is Mr. Gerald Croft- the son of Sir George Croft- you know, Crofts limited", Birling uses his upper class and position to get the inspectors respect and to show that the inspector is lower in class then him. ...read more.

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"No, why should I" This gives the impression that she is an upper class lady which does not want to recognize some peasant from the streets. Though she feels like she can hide the truth away from the Inspector she is shaken when he reply's to her statement. "Of course she might have changed lately, but I can't believe she could have changed so much". Her next statement indicates that she does not understand what the Inspector is talking about. The plan which was to threaten the Inspector has now turned into shambles for Mrs Birling, as he would repeatedly think she was lying. This indicates to the audience that the Inspector is taking advantage of her. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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