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J.B. Priestly was a playwright concerned with the ideas of capitalism, socialism, individual and collective responsibility.

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J.B. Priestly was a playwright concerned with the ideas of capitalism, socialism, individual and collective responsibility. In an Inspector Calls, Priestley used the death of Eva Smith to represent abuse, and mistreatment of upper/lower classes in the sociality they are living in. The play was first performed in 1946, in which the community would be conscious about ideas of community because of the Second World War. Research the political beliefs of other authors, like Orwell, Bernard Shaw, and Wells and make a passing reference to how they are similar. Other literacy figures of the period, such as Wells were also writing about the themes of Capitalism. Immediately, the set establishes the theme of class Act One, Scene one open with the four Birling characters (Mr Birling, Mrs Birling, Shelia, and Eric) and Gerald seated at the table, they are all having a celebration on arrangement on something. There is another character called Edna who is the maid cleaning up after them, and basically bring a servant. You could tell that characters are in a high class because of the way the scenes introduce them. The characters were smartly dressed, 'All five in Evening Dress of period.' The scenery is simply a typical dinner party that any people in a high sort of class would have. This scenery and the family together would be a good reprehensive for the theme society in their time because of the way that they live. ...read more.

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she really gets what she wants. ' I went to the manager at Milwards and I told him that if they didn't get rid of that girl, I'd never go near the place again and I'd persuade mother to close our account with them.' Sheila gets Eva Smith sacked from her job because she looked prettier than she did in her dress. This exactly shows what she represents in the society abuse of lower class and bullish behaviour. The inspector sees these attitudes, pointing out an importantly quote. 'And so you used the power you had, as a daughter of a good customer and also of a man well known in the town, to punish the girl.' Goole brings out Priestley's message to explain how bad the class and society really is. Gerald Croft fianc� to Shelia, son of Mr Croft is a posh character with manners. He is in a higher class than anybody else and is very rich and also proud. He played a part in Eva Smiths/Daisy's death by having a caring relationship with her then after breaking her heart 'And by that time Daisy knew it was coming to an end. So I broke it of definitely before I went.' We know Gerald broke of Eva/Daisy heart because he could of only married her if she was in a higher society class the fact is that this shows the capitalism and socialism the next message Priestley is trying to put across. ...read more.

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The Birlings has a short argument until Gerald comes back from outside then he tells them that the Inspector was an impostor explaining to them why. Hearing this the rest of the characters is relieved except from Eric and Sheila who were still very emotional. Mr and Mrs Birling stars to get back to their normal self with relieve until suddenly they get a telephone call from the infantry.......... The end of An Inspector Calls is really important because it ends with a mighty cliffhanger leaving the audience very anticipated wondering. There were two characters that had learnt from the Inspector they were Eric and Sheila because even when the rest of the family thought that the whole story could have been a set-up they still felt really bad and ashamed of what they had done and because of what they had done to someone was still there that was not a set-up. These characters offer a glimpse of hope at the end of the play for the reason that they are younger than the older characters that could mean a better future for society change. After the play the audience of the time would have had a little thought about the messages of the play. They might of agree or disagree Priestley beliefs were expressed through the Inspector, the Inspector acting as a holy figure teaching people the way to live with each other. Priestley hopes that there is hope for the future generations changes in classes and sociality. This is the role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls. ...read more.

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