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JB Priestley: An Inspector Calls

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  • Submitted: 21/09/2008
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GCSE J.B. Priestley

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How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices and character to explore the themes of social responsibility and class in Act One of 'An Inspector Calls'?

John Boynton Priestley, a famous writer, was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, on the 13th of September 1894. When he was 16, Priestley decided to leave school altogether, believing that 'the World outside classrooms and labs' would improve his ability to write, and help him to 'become a writer'.

J.B Priestley's beliefs were that people should be treated similarly, and not different for any reason. He believed in 'social responsibility' and cooperation between people of different classes. 'An Inspector Calls' was written in 1945, the year that saw the end of the Second World War. Priestley thought that this was the perfect time to introduce this novel, since society was in need of reorganizing and recovering from the recent war. Everything needed to be worked into a fresh start.

The reason Priestley uses dramatic devices so early in the play is to keep the audience hooked and interested. If the audience is bored at the start of a play, they will begin to lose interest. Dramatic devices work the same way that

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