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Show how Priestley dramatizes the message of this plays that: We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.

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English Literature Coursework Assignment: An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley QUESTION- Show how Priestley dramatizes the message of this plays that: We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. The play An Inspector Calls was written in 1945, around the closing stages of the World War II. As a result the play's content is highly reflective of the grave situation at hand. To understand Priestley's point of view in this play, we have to look back at his experiences of previous wars. He served in the British infantry during the First World War. Thus, he wrote the play from a view of promoting equality and respecting mankind. He felt this would be achieved by freeing mankind from constraints of social classes and other petty aspects. Thus, the whole play has a left-wing Socialist approach, something Priestley picked up through his experiences of war. The political theme of this play is continued by one of the leading characters in the play: Arthur Birling plays the role of a typical businessman of the time. As a 1912 businessman his views about society are limited: all he has time for is maintaining the balance between the labour force and the employers, this being the key for gaining prosperity: We employers at last are coming together to ...read more.


good chance of a knighthood - so long as we behave ourselves, don't get into the police court or start a scandal - eh? (laughs complacently). This last remark, of course, is an example of prolepsis- the Birlings have no idea what is about to happen to them. The atmosphere is set and the tension is mounting. All this reaches a crescendo with the abrupt arrival of the Inspector. From this point onwards, the audience are well entertained as the Inspector brings the underlying tensions of the family to the surface. He questions each family member in turn and informs them of their involvement in the suicide of a working-class girl called Eva Smith. However, the audience also realizes that as the play progresses the omniscient nature of the Inspector increases: gradually it emerges that the play might also have a theme regarding morals. J. B. Priestley achieves this stunning effect through using the Inspector as a character, who knows more than the eyes see. He uses the Inspector as someone who encourages others to question their decisions and then feel remorse; all this is achieved through the carefully weighted dialogue of the Inspector. The Inspector's body language, dictated by Priestley also plays a major role. ...read more.


If there's nothing else, we must share guilt. Priestley hammers home the point that everyone in the society should lookout for everyone else. This is the way to progress forward and that for oneself to isolate himself is a highly damaging prospect for the society. The play shows that selfish individuals such as the Birlings can inevitably have a cold and dangerous effect on the society. However, the surprises aren't over yet, Priestley adds the final twist to the interesting plot by revealing that Inspector Goole wasn't even a real individual. Over the years, there have been many different interpretations of the Inspector. Some based around the fact that he might have been a embodiment of moral conscience. Others interpret the Inspector as being a ghost form of Eva Smith's unborn child, a ghost who wants his mother's killers to feel their guilt. However, the Inspector still has a humbling effect on the Birlings. Sheila and Gerald later appreciate that the legality and the fashion of the inquiry is irrelevant: He was our police Inspector all right! Thus, it seems that Priestley's writing conveys not a legal form of inquiry (detective thriller) but a moral examination of how the individual's actions impact on the society as a whole. WORD COUNT- 1,610 ?? ?? ?? ?? ABHINAV SINGH 11 'G' BOSTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL CENTRE NO- 26310 ENGLISH COURSEWORK ...read more.

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