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'What is Priestley's message in 'An Inspector Calls' and how does he convey this message to the audience?'

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An Inspector Calls 'What is Priestley's message in 'An Inspector Calls' and how does he convey this message to the audience?' John Boynton Priestley was born in Bradford on 13 September 1984. His mother died in the same year and his father, who was a schoolmaster remarried four years later. Priestley left school at sixteen to write and managed to get work and at the same time found him self gaining an interest in politics through his fathers friends who were a circle of a socialists people. This made Priestley take part in discussions with his father's friends and made him very politically minded. This would be the influences in his plays later on such as you will see in 'An Inspector Calls'. Being a socialist Priestley believed in responsibility, both individual and collective believing that for every action there is a consequence and Priestley try to portray this message in his play 'An Inspector Calls' which was written in 1945 within a week of World War Two ending but is set before World War One. Priestley wrote this play intentionally as he saw an urgent need for social change and used the play to express his desire for social equality. ...read more.

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Gerald Croft is a man from the upper class and has a similar outlook towards life as Arthur Birling as he agrees with Arthur Birling over the dismissal of Eva smith. He is also similar to Mr. and Mrs. Birling as he conceals himself to the truth worried about his relationship with Sheila Birling and also maybe his overall reputation as he comes from a rich and upper-class background. I think Gerald Croft represents capitalism but also the problem with why we should not capitalism but work towards socialism. Last but not least Inspector Goole is an enigmatic and mysterious figure, as we never even learn his first name and always seems to be able to get himself out of giving himself away to the other characters by using phrases such as 'I haven't much time'. The Inspector has a quiet and mysterious feel about him and in my opinion represents the socialists and the lower class as he never shows any respect towards the other characters, treats them as equals and tells them because of there actions they have had consequences on others in a big way. When the Inspector calls unexpectedly on the flourishing Birling family his staggering revelations not only shatter the very fundamentals of the Birling family but also changes some members of the families frame of mind. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is all interesting as is will have a big effect on the audience as it shows the audience that everyone should be responsible for what they do in life like Sheila and Eric Birling and not like Mr. and Mrs. Birling who do not want to take any responsibility for there actions unless it would affect themselves or their family. Last but not least I would like to say that if I was to produce the play I would go with it by the book but things I would include are the following really emphasize the role each person is playing and I would also put a very big focus on the Inspector, really bring him into the play and the last thing to make show the audience like everything they see and it keeps them on their toes. Finally I would like to finish off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the play and it was brilliant and the best thing was the ending because I think that the ending was clever and mysterious. I also liked the principals and morals in the play because rather than just reading a play the play gets you thinking, as there are aspects in the play, which apply to us even now. I also think that everyone can learn something from the play as it appeals to all types of people. Muaaz Yasin 11.1 Lit Twentieth Century Drama I ...read more.

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