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What Makes An Inspector Calls An Effective Piece Of Social Criticism As Well As An Enjoyable Theatrical Experience.

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TITLE: What Makes An Inspector Calls An Effective Piece Of Social Criticism As Well As An Enjoyable Theatrical Experience. An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestley in 1945. The play is set in 1912.In England this was a time of strikes, riots and poverty. The play was partly written by Priestley to highlight a number of very important issues in our lives, which include social class, capitalist and social attitude to life, equality, prejudice, wealth, poverty, rights and responsibilities. It is for this reason that the play may be described as an effective piece of social criticism. It criticises the way in which some people live and think, as well as make us question what is right and what is wrong. The play is a very enjoyable theatrical experience as it is full of excitement, suspense, tension and dramatic irony. In this offer my own opinions and support these with evidence, quotations and examples. It is important to understand what the terms capitalist and socialist mean. Capitalists are people who have power and money. They show their status and wealth. They only care about themselves and don't care anybody else. Socialists are people who care about everybody not just themselves. ...read more.

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"That fellow obviously didn't like us. He was prejudiced from the start. Probably a socialist or some sort of crank - he talked like one. And then, instead of standing up to him, you let him bluff you into talking about your private affairs. You aught to have stood up to him." (This is evidenced in act three, page 60). Mrs. Birling's attitude was similar. She believed that he didn't made her confess. She said:- "He certainly didn't make me confess - as you call it. I told him quite plainly that I thought I had done no more than my duty." This is evidenced in Act three, page 60. She also argued about her children that:- "Really, from the way you children talk, you might be wanting to help him instead of us. Now just be quite so that your father can decide what we aught to do."(This is evidenced in Act three, page 60 and 61). Their approach reinforced their selfish, inconsiderate capitalist lifestyle. They took no responsibilities for other people and intend to continue as they had always done, despite Goole's long speech and message on page 56, which attempted to make them think differently about their actions in future. Priestley places his hope in the characters of Sheila and Eric, the next and younger generation, in his play. ...read more.

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She wasn't quite sure. And then she was." Every Act ended with suspense. This made the audience to continue seeing the play. An Inspector Calls also had many examples of dramatic irony. This is when the full meaning of a situation or a speech is understood by the audience but not by the characters on stage. There was also considerable dramatic irony the fact that each of the Birling's and Gerald all seemingly had a part to play in Eva's death without even being aware of it, until Goole's arrival. Perhaps most dramatic of all was the ending of the play when the telephone rings and after answering the telephone Mr. Birling says:- "That was the police. A girl has just died - on her was to the infirmary - after swallowing some disinfectant. And a police Inspector is on his way here - to ask some - questions." This leaves the audience feeling what will happen afterwards. In conclusion, reading and understanding the play made me reflect and think carefully about my own life. The play, the characters and Priestley's message has made me think that all of our lives are connected with one another. If we do something with others it will affect us as well because in reaction they can harm us as well. On the other hand if we do good to others their will be happiness all over the world. ...read more.

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