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What Reaction Does Priestly Intend The Audience To Have to The Play? How Does He Set About Achieving Them? Do You Think He Is Successful In Achieving Them?

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What Reaction Does Priestly Intend The Audience To Have to The Play? How Does He Set About Achieving Them? Do You Think He Is Successful In Achieving Them? Priestly is a politically charged writer, many things could have caused him to become such strong minded about many political aspects of life. Priestly served in the First World War watching his friends die around him must have been traumatic this could have caused him to think about the state of society and the way it worked. The First World War was famous for its complete disregard to human life. While Priestly was there fighting for his life and the freedom of others. The people with the power to send these people off to fight would have been sitting at home careless to the lives wasted around them. This made Priestly think about how Britain's class system worked and how it was wrong. Priestly intended his play to create the effect of active unity in the public to allow society the ability of hindsight allowing them to look back at past events such as The First World War and change there way of life. Otherwise the lives lost, the damage caused, would have been in vain. He didn't want the life's lost just to be another statistic he wanted to make them count for something better. 'An Inspector Calls' is set in an industrial town in 1912; this is before the outbreak of the First World War. The plays main focus is around the death of a young working class girl, Eva Smith. It is very clear that each character is used to represent each social class in a stereotypical way. ...read more.

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Birling does not like the fact that the inspector is in control and he is not. Birling rids himself of any responsibility for Eva Smiths suicide he says how something that happened so long ago can not have an effect now. The inspector then makes a clear speech about how the events could have affected Eva Smith. "Because what happened to her then may have determined what happened to her afterwards, and what happened to her afterwards may have driven her to suicide. A chain of events" This is the main message of the play it is stating how actions can have repercussions and people should be aware of these. This is telling the audience that their actions can and probably will affect other people. Priestly is stating how it is wrong to be prejudiced in making decisions as it can affect people on a small scale or a world wide scale such as the 1st and 2nd World War. It shows Priestly's thoughts on how the class system should change. Eva Smith was kicked out of her workplace because she ask for a pay rise well with in her rights nowadays, but back then she was kicked out for having an opinion and the bravery to confront her social superior. Eric mentions how he could have kept Eva Smith on. Priestly uses this as an example of how the upper classes are greedy and inconsiderate. Birling sees himself ranked above the working class. Birling says he had to be harsh to prevent them wanting more otherwise they would eventually be asking for the world. The inspectors reply to this leaves Birling speechless. ...read more.

Conclusion

Priestly is teaching the younger generations what not to do. Although the fact that the inspector didn't really exist is irrelevant the young girl's life has still been lost and the Birlings still affected her. Mr and Mrs Birling once again believe they have done nothing wrong once the inspector is revealed as a fraud. I believe Priestly has left the play unclosed leaving the audience to draw there own conclusions. This makes people think about what they saw and makes them realise that aspects of their life should be changed for the good of humanity. I believe priestly conveyed his message well. Priestly's messages would have been very effectual since Britain had just suffered a second world war messages that changes need to be made in society to prevent yet more damage. However Priestly's attempts to change society may have only affected a small portion of people, these people hopefully would have spread Priestly's message but this still only affects a small percentage of society. Priestly however was part of a bigger picture his attempts alone did not affect many but there was many other people who went about attempting to change society and in some ways they have succeed we have progressed a long way since the two Worlds Wars and in some ways we haven't. The difference Priestly made to society was not a world changing difference, but a small difference in the way people think. Even if a few people leaving his play changed the way they thought and showed some more consideration, you would see that Priestley did make a difference. It would have changed people's views on society, however small those changes would be, and so Priestley achieved his aims in writing the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 of 6 Scott Hooker ...read more.

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