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Inspector Calls, GCSE English language

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Inspector Calls English essay In this essay I will address how this book, Inspector calls, I will address how J.B Priestly describes the younger generation compared to the older generation. I will also consider the reason why J.B Priestly decides to display generations in such a manner. Inspector calls is a book which revolves around an event which occurs in the life of a "prosperous" family. The play was created towards the end of World War 2 and is centered on a rich family called the Birlings. The Birlings are immediately portrayed to the audience as a rich family. The opening sentence has the following words, "large suburban house." These words have connotations such as rich, happy etc. These connotations combined give the audience a feeling that this family is rich. Against the run of flow, Priestly uses diction to suggest that the Birlings are not at the top of the social class. By using diction such as "not cosy" and "fairly large," Priestly manages to portray this family as prosperous. Prosperous gives connotations of being moderately rich. What's more is he even describes the owner of the house as a "prosperous manufacturer." This play is written to teach a message. The Birlings are supposed to represent a link between the rich and the poor. The effect of this is this play appeals directly to both social classes. ...read more.


Towards the middle of the book we learn about how respect fuels his life. "Press might easily take it up," this quote portrays his love for respect. He has learned how his family has contributed to a woman's death yet he's only worried about his respect. Slightly further on we see a slight metamorphosis in the character of Arthur Birling. He now appears to have grown a conscience. "I'd give thousands," this quote shows signs of resentment. Arthur Birling appears to be pleading to the inspector he's sorry. However in the next page we learn it's all a cover up. "There'll be a public scandal," this quote shows just how deceitful Arthur Birling is, he degrades himself in the previous page just to protect his respect. Arthur Birling even reduces himself to making uncorroborated facts. He exclaims, "Coming here and hoaxing us," this quote shows Arthur Birling is using every inch of his brain to form a practical excuse. Finally right at the end we see Arthur Birling astonished. We witness Arthur Birling receive a phone call explaining about a woman has just died. Priestly uses plenty of hyphens in his final speech to show he's speechless. Finally the last culprit, Mrs. Birling, she had declined this woman from seeking help from her organization. Mrs. Birling claims she "didn't like her manner." This was enough for her to use her "influence to get her declined." ...read more.


Through the use of the character the inspector, JB Priestly manages to help convince us furthermore this is the best path. The inspector in this play is considered to be an epitome of what humans should be; an apotheosis of man. Referring to young people he calls them "impressionable." By saying this J.B Priestly once again sends a message to the audience. J.B Priestly is principally directly saying to the audience, teach your children to follow your sinister path, or influence them in a manner to lay down an ideal foundation for a utopian future. In conclusion this play sends out a powerful message to the audience, in particular young people and those who have influence on these people. J.B Priestly acknowledged that the unity shown during World War 2 could help build a foundation for a new fairer Britain. A future world when people care about each other which would profoundly lead to a better world. J.B Priestly has intentionally set this play during World War 1. He's fundamentally saying, after World War 2 we didn't make necessary changes, it ended in another gruesome war. He's appealing to the audience it's time to change the world, to keep it in peace. J.B Priestly believes in order to create such a world the class system needs to be abolished. He believes the world should run through socialism rather than capitalism. Fundamentally in this play both generations are portrayed differently to show a change is required in the world. A change is needed to make the world a better place. ...read more.

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