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"We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." What is Priestley's main aim in 'An Inspector Calls?' How successful was he?

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John Daly Foxhills School Technology College Centre Number: 44355 GCSE Assignment 2 Post 1912 Drama J.B.Priestley An Inspector Calls "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." What is Priestley's main aim in 'An Inspector Calls?' How successful was he? It year was 1945 when J.B Priestley created his masterpiece, An Inspector Calls. He set the play in 1912 like a typical Victorian family, the male of the family ruling the rest. He intended the play to be viewed by all but I don't think he expected it to still be played today. The play has a very important message inside. I think the message is that we have to be careful in what we say to others because without us knowing, we could have a negative impact on whoever it is directed to. The play is designed like a detective style. It has the Inspector interrogating the suspects to try and piece together the clues into the suicide of Eva Smith. As well as the play being educational, Priestley made it entertaining so more people would watch the play closely than if it was just educational. Also more people, I think, would go and read it. Every one of us has an individual role into the way we live. We could choose to ignore the wellbeing of each other and bully every one or we could choose to live in peace with every one and live in peace with them. ...read more.

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"I'm sorry she should have to come to such a horrible end. But I accept no blame for it at all" I added that quote because I think it tells us that even when it is proven that Mrs Birling is one of the people responsible for Eva's death, she still won't acknowledge it . Eric Birling is an impressionable youth. He shows a huge amount of concern and care when the Inspector questions him about his connections. Also he becomes sorry about taking �50 from his fathers company. Because of his role in the matter, Eric starts to take responsibility for his actions but feels angry at his mum for 'helping' Eva and her baby (which was also his) commit suicide. He is criticised by Mr Birling for being too gullible and impressionable. "Oh-my-God! - how stupid is it all." I added this quote because it shows that Eric didn't want to be involved in anything like that. Sheila Birling also changes her attitude when the Inspector interrogates her. She almost instantly regrets getting Eva sacked when she thought that Eva was laughing at her. Mr and Mrs Birling also criticises Sheila as being impressionable. But both she and Eric keep questioning their parents when the Inspector goes. "I want to get out this, it frightens me the way you talk" This quote also shows that Sheila doesn't want to be involved in anything like that Inspector Goole is not an easy man to try and persuade. ...read more.

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The Inspector is like a counterpart for Priestley as being his mouthpiece. The Inspector is speaking to the Birlings while Priestley message to everyone that they have to think before speaking to someone there is some Victorian style information in the play. I think this because in the play some of the more rich families in the Victorian era used to ignore or criticise the poorer ones. Priestley tried to tell people that we should all help each other. The structure of the play uses Priestley's 3 unities, 1 place, 1 time, 1 plot. Priestley structures the play to show the audience and characters that if everyone is in the same room at the same time then they can't escape their guilt. Also it makes out that nobody can escape their own guilt at whatever time or place. Priestley's aims were to make the world a better place to live in, as he wanted there to be peace. He also wanted to warn people that if they continue to tease or turn away people then they could be killing them off without the person knowing. If we all listened to Priestley's aim then there would be no bullying in the world. I don't think he was successful in what he said because if everyone listened to him then there wouldn't be anymore wars. He has had some success though because there are anti-war protestors that try and convince people that war is wrong. He has convinced me though. I am now going to be careful about what I say to people. 1 ...read more.

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