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What was Priestly's aim in An Inspector calls? How Successful was he?

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What was Priestly's aim in An Inspector calls? How Successful was he? J.B. Priestly was born in1894 and left school at 16 to start writing. Sadly though the war broke out and he had to go and serve in infantry. Serving in the infantry was very risky and as a result many people died. J.B Priestly managed to escape with his life and you could say he was quite lucky. He departed from the army in 1921. He went on to study at Cambridge University and accomplished a degree. Without wasting any time he went on to write his first in 1929and his first play in 1933. He cleverly crafted An Inspector Calls in 1944 but set the play in 1912. His views that have came from the life that he had so far and his political and social ideas come out throughout the play. ...read more.

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Another aspect of the play that would entertain the audience is the lies and deceit. At first the family think they are innocent and that nothing they could have possibly done to anyone else could influence them to commit suicide. Even after they realise they might have something to do with this terrible affair, they try to hide it. For example Gerald says to Sheila "don't say anything to the inspector". After he hears the woman's name that he has just had an affair with. The penny seems to drop with Sheila early on and realises that the inspector knows more than he is letting on. Sheila also said to her mother don't "build a wall" between you and the inspector because it will only be worse when he tears it down. As the play unravels, more deception and more untruths come out of every member of the family. The family start to look at each other in a new light. ...read more.

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Now most people would side with the younger generation because it the logical decision due to the fact that Mr Birling has been proved wrong in his views of the future so why not of his views about society. This is also good point in sustaining the audience because if you build an opinion then you are involved with the play and your interest will be sustained. We can see that J.B Priestly's was successful in his purpose, which was to entertain the audience and put forward his political views on society. We can see how successful he was by the fact that the play was so popular that it was even made into a top film with some of the best actors of that time. To the extent of his political views they reached more people through his play than if he had tried to do get them across in another way. Nathan Wilson ...read more.

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