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'We don't live alone - We are members of one body - We are responsible for each other' - What is Priestley's main aim in 'an Inspector Calls'? How successfully does he achieve it? Refer to a production you have seen.

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'We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other'. What is Priestley's main aim in 'an Inspector Calls'? How successfully does he achieve it? Refer to a production you have seen 'An Inspector Calls' was written by a socialist called J.B Priestley. The play was set in1912 but was written in 1945. The play is a mixture of detective/thriller and a moral mystery play. Priestley was a very strong socialist who believed that community and society were very important: 'We are responsible for each other'. He wanted people to live equally in a welfare state together. If we don't we will realise this in 'fire, blood and anguish'. He made us believe this quote because two world wars had already happened by the time he had written the play. The play was set in 1912 in and Edwardian era many things were happening around this time, The sinking of the Titanic, many strikes, the suffragettes and the build up to World War 1. ...read more.

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'But just in case you forget - or decide not to come back Gerald, I think you'd better take this with you' Sheila decides to give the ring back to Gerald. The inspectors closing speech makes the characters speechless abut what he has said. Sheila, Gerald and Eric are the only ones who are affected about what the inspector has said. Mr and Mrs Birling are worried about their status and about what people would think of them if they found out what had happened they don't learn anything at the end of the play even though Sheila tries to explain to them 'I tell you whoever that inspector was. It was anything but a joke. You knew it then. You began to learn something then. And now you've stopped. You're ready to go on in the same old way'. Mr and Mrs Birling just think that Sheila is being silly. Priestley uses one room for the play and uses lighting when the inspector arrives. ...read more.

Conclusion

Priestley manages to reach out his aims through the characters personalities and language. Sheila uses more slang compared to Mrs Birling; she uses words like 'squiffy' Sheila's language reflects her age. Priestley manages to make us feel sympathetic towards Eva Smiths terrible death. Because she was not shown in the play we can't judge whether she was a nice person and a person to sympathetic towards. We only have the proof of the lines that the characters have said about her. Mr Birling doesn't show any sympathy for Eva Smith. Even though he doesn't actually say that she deserved everything that came to her it is confirmed through his personality and the tone of his voice e.g. 'portentous' and 'provincial'. J.B Priestley succeeds in his main aim because 'An Inspector Calls isn't any old play that you can read because it makes people today think of their responsibilities and morals and what our society is like today compared to the society in 1912 and it makes us think how we can make our society a better place if we are prepared to learn from past mistakes. Sharanjit Kaur Jabbal 10C English Coursework ...read more.

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