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What is Priestley's main aim in the Inspector calls? How successfully does he achieve it?

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Introduction

The play 'An Inspector Calls' was written by John Boynton Priestley in the year 1946. The strange thing about this book is that the play was set in the year 1912. I believe that there was a very good reason why this play was set in the year 1912, because the character Mr Birling says to his son and his future son in law 'don't worry about all of the war scares because they are all bluff and that there wont be any wars; where as us, as the audience, no that there will be future wars for them, because we have passed 2 wars. This is called dramatic irony, because us as the audience no something that the characters don't. The characters in this play don't know that there will be a war; where as us as the audience do, because the play was written after the 2 wars (world wars). From investigation of the Inspector Goole, there were 5 characters who where affected. ...read more.

Middle

She is very distressed by the girl's suicide and thinks that her father's behaviour was also unacceptable. When Sheila finds out the death of Eva Smith, she says she never meant to harm her, and knows her behaviour was very bad. Not only is Sheila prepared to admit her faults, but she also appears to be keen and anxious to change her behaviour in the future, 'I'll never, never do it again'. Sheila remains calm and mature about the breaking up of her engagement with Gerald. From the inspector hoax, I believe that Sheila has learned her responsibilities to others and the less fortunate than herself. The key words I would use to sum up Mrs Birling's character would be cold, unfeeling, socially correct, self - important and out-of-touch with the reality of life. Mrs Birling is described as a 'rather cold woman and her husband's social superior�. Her coldness and lack of conscience make her unsympathetic, while her keen awareness of the rules of polite behaviour (shown, for example, in the way she rebukes her husband for his comment about the quality of the meal) ...read more.

Conclusion

Eric met this girl at the Palace Bar, a place renowned for young ladies who wanted to find young men. Eric, although immoral and irresponsible in his actions, did offer to support her and was even prepared to go and steal from his own father's business in order to do so. It was considered very wrong to steal from anyone, let alone your own family in this era and any actions resembling this at all, even for a perfectly acceptable reason was extremely frowned upon in society. Eric also continued to feel guilty after learning that there was no Eva/Daisy, just as his sister did. There are many things that make this story be told as a drama. This is because of the way when you read it, you can feel the situation that everyone is in, and the only real way you can see their reactions and emotions is by watching the play. Also there is great detail in the story that also pictures the play in your head as you read through the story Joe Grix 10H 1 of 2 English ...read more.

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