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The message of an inspector calls is as relevant today as it was first produced? What is the plays message? Do you still think it is relevant today?

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An Inspector Calls "The message of an inspector calls' is as relevant today as it was first produced" What is the play's message? Do you still think it is relevant today? J.B. Priestley, the writer of the play "An Inspector Calls" had a hard life which shaped the views that are demonstrated in the play. " I was politically minded but never able to put politics first". Discussions during Priestley's years of education influenced and framed the values, which were later to predominate in his writing. Priestley fought in World War One. The war made him appreciate the values which were presented in the play. Priestley also felt very strongly about society and the way it operated. Priestley may have seen people in the same situation as Eva, and he explored these issues in the play. The play is set in 1912 in a small fictional town, Brumley. J.B. Priestley uses a mysterious inspector, who manages to intimidate the Birling family. He uses the character Arthur who loves money and only cares about whatever will him more money. Mr Birling's daughter, Sheila, is engaged to a wealthy man whose father owns a company that has been in competition with Mr Birling's company. "You've brought us together, and perhaps we may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birling's are no longer competing but working together". ...read more.

Middle

Priestley makes this point throughout the play. Gerald Croft is a - down- to- earth rich man who is engaged to Sheila. Gerald met a girl called Daisy and they had a six-month affair. Gerald also gave Daisy money and somewhere to live. "and then I told the girl if she didn't want anymore of that sort of thing she'd better let me take her out of there she agreed at once." (Act 2 p. g35) Gerald comes across as charming. In a way he took advantage of Daisy by showering her with gifts, somewhere to live and even money. She may have thought the only way of repaying him was to start an affair. Months later the relationship ended when it became inconvenient to Gerald. Priestley shows that Gerald realises that Daisy was an ordinary, vulnerable person although she belonged to a lower class than Gerald. Mrs Birling is a very cold-hearted woman. She does not notice what is going on around her. She refuses to acknowledge unpleasantness and regards her family as decent. She thinks her family is not capable of doing wrong because of their breedings. She tries to deny Eric (her son) is an alcoholic. "But surely...... I mean....... It's ridiculous....." (Act 2 pg. 49) Mrs Birling refused to assist the pregnant woman Daisy Renton. "yes it was, I didn't like her manner, she'd impertinently made use of our name, though she pretended it happened to be the first one she thought of". ...read more.

Conclusion

(Act 3 pg. 56) This quotation, the most important of the play, shows that individuals have equal worth and should be treated the same. I feel that Priestley has used the inspector in a very effective way. He has shown people that they should think before acting. The structure of the play suggests that Priestley used dramatic devices to social comment. I feel that Priestley has conveyed the messages of the play in an effective way. Times have changed a lot since then and if you were a single mum now in the year 2000 there are benefits, for example help from social workers, somewhere to live. There has been the introduction of NHS free healthcare, but in the day of Eva she had no help as she was poor. The best way of dealing with her situation was to end her and her baby's life. Eric was an alcoholic. Nowadays there are special counselling meetings that he can go to. In 1912 people did not really recognise alcoholism although it is a serious condition. The Birling family was very spiteful and greedy. They all tried to ignore the fact that they were to blame for what has happened. They showed no respect towards Eva because they were rich and she was poor. Individuals should treat people, as they would like to be treated. Sheila and Eric, towards the end of the play start to realise what they have done and try to get the other members of the family to understand, but the others still take no responsibility. ...read more.

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