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JB Priestly wrote "An Inspector Calls" in 1945, during the ending of the Second World War. Originally the play was set in 1912. His focal aim was to give the society, the chance with hindsight to look back on the past, before moving forward.

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An Inspector Calls JB. Priestly English Literature GCSE Coursework JB Priestly wrote "An Inspector Calls" in 1945, during the ending of the Second World War. Originally the play was set in 1912. His focal aim was to give the society, the chance with hindsight to look back on the past, before moving forward. At first you have no suspicions of the inspector as, to whether he is fake or not. As the play gradually moves on, it slowly dawns on you that the inspector may be an impostor. The inspector in the play is a mysterious person. We do not get to know his first name, apart from his surname "inspector Goole". JB Priestly has carefully chosen the inspectors name, as it can be referred as a spirited ghost. He can be seen as a spirit sent on behalf of the dead girl, to torment the conscience of the characters in the play. I think that this is a plausible idea. Also the inspector can symbolize truth by making the characters, feel guilty and impersonating that they are selfish cruel people. I conclude that the inspector is an impostor, but JB Priestly has used his own thoughts, and has linked it with real life issues. I think that there is no right or wrong answer to who the inspector could be, as JB Priestly has left the conclusion to his audiences. The inspectors role is used effectively to help the characters face up, to reality and show them that it can tear open a persons real personality, by their callous actions/statements. ...read more.

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The inspector speech to Mrs Birling is powerful and persuasive. JB Priestly has shown many ways to how the Inspector helps to build tension, up amongst the characters when questioning them. The inspector helps the character to confront their own weaknesses, which makes them feel shocked and guilty. At the beginning of the play the atmosphere at the Birlings is lively, because of Shelia and Gerald's engagement do. With great amazement it is suddenly changed, when there is a knock on the door. Before the appearance of the inspector the audience can tell Mr Birling acts a very self-confident and smug. He believes strongly in a capitalist world. JB Priestly has shown that the Mr Birling can be a well spoken, confident person who likes to speak and share his thoughts, to society but what he does not know how his actions affect others. You can tell this from his speech, before the inspector makes an appearance. (act1, pg9, 10) "Man has to make his own way, has to look after himself and his family too" he does not consider the harm he causes to other people with his attitude. In act 1 Mr Birling refuses to accept any responsibility, for Eva Smiths death. He becomes increasing annoyed by the inspectors questioning. (act1, pg14) "Still I can't accept any responsibility" shows that he has an honest approach to life he, tells the inspector that he wouldn't listen to Eva Smith's demand for a wage rise 'I refused' and is surprised why anyone should question why he refused. ...read more.

Conclusion

In how they just tried to put the evenings events behind them and move on. The only person who was truly affected by all of this was Sheila and Eric was effect a little. Throughout the play I have learnt a lot about the families qualities and weaknesses. I think that JB Priestlys aim was to explain to his audience, that if we were like the Birling family we would need to change sooner that later, and also to be more considerate and caring towards others. Now you can see whom the inspector changed and whom he had no effect on. The play promotes a socialist idea through the inspector. The audience understand what the inspector was trying to, put across in his last powerful speech in act 3. JB Priestly has given the audience a chance to decide whether or not they agree with the inspectors speech. Over all it is a very clever play, making the audience think, not just of themselves but other peoples actions as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the play as it showed people hurting others, with their immoral actions and how it is wrong to move on without dealing with the current situation. The play ends in a moral way, by showing how future events in life cause damage, to a persons life in a tragic way. It has also revealed how maturity comes from experiences throughout a persons life and how real fate can be destined to you, personally and change you for they way you think about society and people. ...read more.

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