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The Role of the Inspector in J.B. Priestley's play "An Inspector Calls" - J.B. Priestley wrote the play "An Inspector Calls" in 1945 and set it in 1912. These dates are both relevant because he wrote his play in a world emerging from the Second World War, at a time when people were getting nostalgic about pre-world war one. Priestley used his play to try and show people that the idea of a community in 1912 was gradually being washed away by the upper classes and that the world needed to change rather than return to the egotistical society that existed in pre war England....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 1728 words
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Classism in "An Inspector Calls" - Although the author’s intention is to entertain the audience just like every play would, however he also isn’t just entertaining the audience because his intention shows that he is more interested in showing the audience about the structure of the class system. The play is set at the turn of the century and is centered on a wealthy family who are successful and prosperous at a time of poverty for many. They are oblivious to this, and given the fact that the play was written many years later the play contains much irony about the future, but not only does it make it question our history but also our future....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, J.B Priestley, ] 1822 words
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The Theme of 'No Man is an Island' Illustrated in Priestly's An Inspector Calls - The play “An Inspector Calls” makes us realize that the philosophy “no man is an island” (John Donne) is a lesson that we should learn. It means that no-one should isolate themselves and that if a person dies etc. then the lives of others are seriously altered. “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestly gets this view across. The main plot involves the Birling family and the girl’s fiancé celebrating when a mysterious inspector turns up and asks some questions about a girl’s suicide. It turns out they are all, in some way, involved in her death....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 847 words
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The Main Themes and Role of Inspector Goole in Priestley's An Inspector Calls - Inspector Goole is the prominent character in the play. This is even indicated before the audience is even introduced to him. The name ‘Goole’ sounds to the audience like ‘ghoul’ which seems to suggest a certain supernatural element to his character, you can see the contrast with this name with the other characters in the play who all have names like ‘Sheila’ and ‘Eric’ which are names which could be attributed to countless number of people at the time. Priestly uses a pun so that he can make the inspector’s personality sound more dramatic....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 730 words
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Priestly's Political Message in "An Inspector Calls" - The play "An Inspector Calls" was written by J.B Priestley in 1945, when the British people were recovering from over six years of constant warfare and danger. As a result of two world wars, class distinctions were greatly reduced and women had achieved a much higher place in society. It was due to this and a great desire for social change that Labour's Clement Attlee won a landslide victory over the conservative Winston Churchill. He nationalized the gas steel and electrical industries, established the NHS and introduced the Welfare State....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestly, ] 1384 words
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Messages About Morality and Politics Conveyed in Priestley's An Inspector Calls - A morality play is a medieval play designed to teach the audience right from wrong. JB Priestley uses An Inspector call to convey a moral message, which is that you should not judge people on their class i.e. lower working class/higher class. He also expands the views of socialism within the message; this is all made very clear by the use of dramatic devices. Although it is a morality play it is not in the traditional format. Priestley makes it very clear in what he wants the audience to think is moral and immoral....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 1229 words
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Characterization, Dramatic Devices and Themes Used in Priestley's An Inspector Calls - In this essay I will discuss why Priestley’s play ‘An Inspector Calls’ is effective, focusing on characterisation, dramatic devices and themes. Firstly, I would like to take a closer look at the character of Mr.Birling. Soon after the play starts we know that Mr.Birling is a man of some significance and is respected when the text states that he’s a 'heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties with fairly easy manners”. We also find that he is the one that first speaks in the play, this shows that he is a dominant character and because of the patriarchal society, he’s the head of the house and the one that makes the decisions....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 1206 words
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The Character of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls - Analyse the character of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley. Discuss his: * Role in the play * Effect on the other characters * Stage presence When the Inspector first knocks on the front door, it is dramatic irony because Arthur just said a matter of seconds before of how he ‘might get a knighthood if we don’t get into any sort of trouble’. This is a very significant time of entering, similar to knocking over a tower of Jenga – everything one has hoped for has just evaporated into thin air....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 2561 words
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The Role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls - The Role of the Inspector in 'An Inspector Calls' An Inspector Calls is a play with many social and political messages. J. B. Priestley believed a great deal in socialism and he used several of his plays to try and influence people to be Socialist as well. It was written in a time when Britain was ruled by a Labour government and socialist policies were seen as the way forward. It was a popular way of thinking at that time so Priestley's aim for the play was probably to teach the unconvinced. The Inspector in J....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 4709 words
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The Attitude of the Culture at the Time of "An Inspector Calls" - An Inspector Calls is a murder mystery book (play), written by J.B. Priestly, where little by little more is revealed, keeping the reader (viewer) hooked, as they want to find out more. During the book Priestly shows the attitudes and the way things were at the time, such as how there was cheap labour and how people were arrogant to things such as war ever happening. Throughout act 1, Priestly also strongly conveys his views of the time through the character of the inspector and his views becomes a central theme in the novel, this theme being responsibility and how there are consequences to all your actions, as any one of them can trigger a chain of events....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestly, culture, histor] 819 words
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An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley's Morality Play - The Play ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a modern morality play, created by J. B. Priestley. A morality play is a play that is designed to teach the audience the difference between right and wrong; the morality of this play is a Christian and socialist morality. The play encapsulates on the Christian religious morality that you should treat people the way you want to be treated to ‘love thy neighbour as thy self’. J. B. Priestley was a socialist who believed that everyone was created equally and should be treated equally....   [tags: Inspector Calls, J. B. Priestly] 2307 words
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How Does J.B. Priestley Make An Inspector Calls Interesting? - An Inspector Calls How, and why, does Priestley make An Inspector Calls tense, dramatic and interesting. An Inspector Calls is a well known play written by English dramatist J.B Priestley in 1945, set in 1912 just after World War I, and just before the start of voyage of The Titanic but performed 1946 in the United Kingdom. The play is about how an 'Inspector' arrives at the Birling family at Brumley (a fictional city) to discuss how a young girl named Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton) killed herself by drinking disinfectant....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Essays] 2284 words
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Examining Who is Responsible for Eva's Death in Priestly's Play, An Inspector Calls - The play ‘An Inspector Calls’ is set in the North Midlands, the industrial city of Brumley in 1912. The play revolves around the death of a young girl named Eva Smith and the wealthy, middle class Birling family. The Birling family consists of four main members. In addition, there is Gerald Croft who is engaged to the daughter of the family, Sheila Birling, and the maid Edna who plays a small role in the play. Throughout Priestley’s play, ‘An inspector calls’, a main theme runs about responsibility and differentiation between classes....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, Literary Analysis] 1136 words
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A New and Dramatic Inspector: J.B. Preistley's "An Inspector Calls" - Do you think all inspectors are the same. Well, if you read J.B Priestley’s play, an inspector calls you will be shocked at how much an author can make an inspector different and original. This play was an eye opener to many, many people from all classes teaching them a very good meaning towards a better world.. The ways in which the characters exits and enters mysteriously and spookily making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This shows how priestly uses inspector Goole as a dramatic device....   [tags: An Inspector calls, plays, J.B. Preistley, theatre] 1111 words
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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestly, is the story of the visit by an Inspector to an apparently normal family, the Birlings. They are celebrating Sheila Birling's engagement to Gerald Croft, who is also present, when the Inspector arrives telling them of the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. At first they deny any knowledge of the girl, but as the play goes on the Inspector manages to show that they all helped kill her. Mr Birling had her dismissed from his factory for demanding a small increase in wages; Sheila ordered her to be dismissed from her job in a shop simply because of her pride; Gerald Croft kept her as his mistress before leaving h...   [tags: Inspector Calls Priestley Essays] 5227 words
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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - Who is to Blame for the Death of Eva Smith. Introduction This coursework focuses on how each character contributes to the suicide of a poor girl Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. Part 1 Gerald Croft is a young business man. He has a good steady job, a fiancée, a promising future and is financially stable. In 'An Inspector Calls' Gerald is described as "an attractive chap, about thirty". His father owns a company called 'Crofts Limited' who are friendly rivals of the Arthur Birling's business 'Birling and Company', although the Croft's business is both older and bigger than the Birling's....   [tags: Priestley Inspector Calls] 1587 words
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Classism and Responsibility for Others in‘An Inspector Calls’ - The play ‘An Inspector Calls’ was written by J.B Priestley in 1945, during World War Two. The author of the play, J.B Priestley conveys his concerns about the Edwardian society through the play. His main concerns were that the higher classed families were ignorant towards the poor people and they did not care for the society. J.B Priestley was also concerned about the way people were treating each other, especially the way upper classed people exploited and degraded working classes to benefit themselves....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, J.B Priestley, World War II, c] 1498 words
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J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls - J.B. Priestley's "An Inspector Calls" "An Inspector Calls" is a politics based detective play script written by John Bonyton Priestley, or better know as J.B Priestley. The play takes place in the wealthy Birtling's family dining room, a room of which has "good solid furniture of the period", "the general effect is substantial and heavily comfortable but not cosy and homelike." The family are celebrating their daughters engagement to Mr Gerald Croft, an upper class man, as are the Birling's in the play....   [tags: Priestley Inspector Calls Essays] 954 words
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J.B. Priestley's "An Inspector Calls" - J.B. Priestley's "An Inspector Calls" The play is set at the turn of the century and is centred on a wealthy family who are successful and prosperous at a time of poverty for many. They are oblivious to this, and given the fact that the play was written many years later the play contains much irony about the future, but not only does it make it question our history but also our future. The inspector is portrayed as being the champion of socialism, he is there to symbolise Priestley’s views. Essentially Priestley uses biased representations of capitalism, and socialism, reflected with Birling, and inspector Goole, to prepare the reader for his conclusive message....   [tags: Priestley Inspector Calls Essays] 2240 words
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The Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls - The Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls    In the work, An Inspector Calls, Inspector Goole role has been a described as a staging device.  Yet, defining Inspector Goole as meerly a staging device implies that he is not a character in his own right but exists simply as a way of exploring the personalities and lives of other, more fully rounded, characters. While it is true that An Inspector Calls would not work without Inspector Goole's central role, it reduces him a little to refer to him as 'just' a staging device....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Essays]
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"An Inspector Calls" Has Many Social and Political Messages - Although the author’s intention is to entertain the audience just like every play would, however he also isn’t just entertaining the audience because his intention shows that he is more interested in showing the audience about the structure of the class system. The play is set at the turn of the century and is centered on a wealthy family who are successful and prosperous at a time of poverty for many. They are oblivious to this, and given the fact that the play was written many years later the play contains much irony about the future, but not only does it make it question our history but also our future....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, plays, J. B. Priestley, morals] 1734 words
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The Role of Inspector Goole in in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly - The Role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls Examine the role of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls & study the impact his role has on the rest of the characters in the play. Inspector Goole is the most important character in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ because he is the catalyst for the events that take place in the play. Priestley’s intensions were to reveal to his audience the social state of England in 1945. He felt that little had changed since the turn of the century. Preistley was a socialist and he very strongly believed that everyone should be equal....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole Plays Essays] 820 words
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J.B. Priestley's "Inspector Calls" - J.B. Priestley's "Inspector Calls" J B Priestley presents the readers with a fascinating play of guilt and innocence, of prejudice and hypocrisy. But there are parts of this play that i fail to understand. Mr and Mrs Birling are a middle class couple with two children, Eric and Shelia. Shelia is engaged to an upper class man named Gerald Croft. It is not everyday that an inspector should turn up at a house filled with people with such a high status. However, Mr Birling and Mr Croft are respected gentlemen, so why does Priestley leave it so unclear to them, and us, as to whether Eva Smith is one person or several....   [tags: Priestley Inspector Calls Essays] 1506 words
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The Theme of Responsibility in An Inspector Calls - The Theme of Responsibility in An Inspector Calls John Boyton Priestly (1894-1984) wrote ‘An inspector calls' in 1945 and it was first performed in 1946. The play was set in 1912. Priestly wrote this play to send out a message of responsibility to the people. Priestly believed that even in 1945 they were still the same as they were in 1912, which is why Priestly choose to set the play in 1912, along with various other reasons, such as he wanted the audience to have the benefit of dramatic irony....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Essays] 1695 words
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The Presentation of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls - The Presentation of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley was born in Yorkshire on 13th September 1894. He gained his writing experience in the years before the war 1911-1914; he did not work among professional writers; he was around “people who read a great deal, cared a lot for at least one of the arts, and preferred a real talk and hot arguments to social chit-chat.” Despite having grown up into his father’s circle of socialist friends, he found himself joining in in their political discussions/arguments....   [tags: J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls Plays Essays] 1394 words
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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestley The play ‘An Inspector Calls’ was written in 1945, which was just at the end of the Second World War. The play is set in 1912, just before the First World War. The play was set at this particular time so that J.B. Priestley could get his message across more clearly. The message was that we all have to take responsibility for our actions, which can have consequences. Another reason why this may be a ‘well made’ play is that J.B. Priestley gives hints to the audience at the beginning, which builds up excitement and interest....   [tags: Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Essays] 1974 words
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Characters of An Inspector Calls - Characters of An Inspector Calls The inspector arrives at the Birling's house in the evening, during a family get-together to celebrate the engagement of their daughter to Gerald Croft. The inspector questions every member of the family individually, starting with Mr. Birling. Mr & Mrs Birling who do not like the way the inspector is interrogating them, get angry with him, and accuse him of being rude. However Sheila, Mr & Mrs Birling's daughter, and Gerald are honest, and can face their mistakes....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Essays] 1285 words
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J.B. Priestley's Play "An Inspector Calls" - J.B. Priestley's Play "An Inspector Calls" "Why shouldn't they try for higher wages. We try for the highest possible prices. And I don't see why she should have been sacked". Eric to Mr Birling says this. Eric is drawing a comparison between the Upper class owners, and the lower class workers. Eric can see the comparison between Mr Birling trying to do the best for him, and the workers doing the same for themselves and their families. Mr Birling won't allow these sentiments, however, and sees them as a bad attitude....   [tags: Priestley Inspector Calls Essays] 851 words
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Eva Smith in An Inspector Calls - Eva Smith in An Inspector Calls Do you agree that Eva Smith is presented as a victim in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’. How does J.B Priestly use the Inspector to make the Birling family aware of their responsibilities to individuals such as Eva Smith and how successful is he. When Eva Smith is presented to the audience by the Inspector, she is immediately shown to be the victim of the play. The Inspector highlights and describes how each of the members of the Birling family has used Eva Smith. The Inspector shows that each character has victimised her and that each of them has a part to play and a partly responsible for her death....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Plays Essays] 2191 words
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Creating Tension in An Inspector Calls - Creating Tension in An Inspector Calls An inspector calls is a play written by the author J.B. Priestley. The play is set in the industrial city of Brumley in the North Midlands, in the year of 1912. Act one begins in the family home of the Birling's, at the celebration of the engagement of Mr Birling's daughter. The Birling family at first impression are seen to the audience as a wonderful, prosperous family who live in luxury life style in a big lavish home with a high social status. Arthur Birling is the father of the family; he is a heavy looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties, with fairly easy manners....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J,B. Priestley Tension Essays] 5788 words
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Criticisms in An Inspector Calls - Criticisms in An Inspector Calls 'An Inspector Calls' is a very thought provoking and rousing play. It was obviously written to make a strong point and illustrate the social gap between classes. This play was written in 1945 and since then, times and situations have changed enormously. However, this play still has great relevance today due to the fact that as a country we retain strong upper class societies who are very definitely detached. In the following essay, I aim to outline the many arguments and lines of thought that this play incites....   [tags: Critics An Inspector Calls Social Classes Essays] 2003 words
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How J.B. Priestley Uses Dialogue and Stage Directions in "An Inspector Calls - The Birlings are holding a party to celebrate their daughter’s engagement with Gerald Croft. The pleasant scene is interrupted when a rather shady looking Inspector gives them a visit, investigating the suicide of a young working-class girl in her middle twenties. Each family member is interrogated and they all find out that they are somehow linked to the girl’s death. In act 1, while Arthur Birling was giving advice to Eric and Gerald, an Inspector gives them a visit to investigate a young working-class girl’s suicidal death....   [tags: J.B. Priestley, Inspector Calls, directors, ] 2233 words
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The Inspector in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly - The Inspector in An Inspector Calls Examine the function and symbolism of the Inspector in the play – An Inspector Calls, and explain how Priestly makes him dramatically effective Throughout the play ‘An Inspector Calls’, by J.B Priestley, the audience sees the role of a mysterious investigator who interrogates a powerful and upper-middle class family: The Birling's. Priestley uses the role of the Inspector to expose the characters in the play, and to put his own views across about the Birling’s and their conservative beliefs....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Plays J.B. Priestley Essays] 2692 words
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Social Responsibility in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls - Social Responsibility in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a play written by J.B. Priestley. It was written in 1945 after World War 2 but is set in 1912 before World War 1. The play was set before World War1 because back then there were three different classes of people, (upper, middle and lower) and each of them treat the lower class worse than their own, but Priestley wanted them to realise that different class or not we should treat each other the same....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Essays] 1072 words
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Social Responsibility in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - Social Responsibility in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley An inspector call is a play written by JB Priestly in 1945. Although the play is written in 1945, it is originally set in 1912 to illustrate the audience a more dramatic look at the relationship between the wealthy and the poor. It also allows Mr Birling’s predictions to fail. The play shows an impressive contrast of the younger and older generations. The play is based on various themes such as pride and status. For example, Mr and Mrs Birling think that people like Eva Smith are cheap labour and working class....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Essays] 1465 words
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Social Responsibility in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - An Inspector Calls "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." What is Priestley's main aim in `An inspector calls`. How successfully does he achieve it. In `An inspector calls` by J.B Priestley, the writers aim is reflected into this quote, "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." Meaning that we are not isolated, we all live in one community and we are all collectively responsible for each other, our actions affects the people around us....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Essays] 1127 words
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Discuss the Role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls - Birlings, he controls the development of events: who will speak and when; who may or may not leave; who will or will not see the photograph. He even Priestley describes the Inspector, when he first appears on stage, in terms of 'massiveness, solidity and purposefulness' (p.11), symbolizing the fact that he is an unstoppable force within the play. His 'disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before speaking' (p.11) gives the impression that he sees through surface appearances to the real person beneath....   [tags: An Inspector Calls, J B Priestley] 2362 words
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The Thriller Like Suspense in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - The Thriller Like Suspense in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley “An Inspector Calls is a perfect play. It contains theatrical excitement in the thriller-like suspense of the Inspector’s inquiry; it has a moral message and it is very tightly constructed.” Do you agree with this statement. The play “An Inspector Calls” was written by J.B Priestly. The play is set in 1912, in the Edwardian Era, in a fictional town called Brumley, an industrial city in the North Midlands. When Priestly wrote the play in 1945, World War II was just ending....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Essays] 2135 words
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Dramatic Devices Involving the Audience in J. B. Priestley’s Play, ‘An Inspector Calls' - John Boynton Priestley’s play, ‘An Inspector Calls’, fits into the genre of drama and detective and is also a morality play. It uses many dramatic devices such as the language he uses, the symbolism used in the play, and the stage directions. Using these, Priestley aims to subtly, or less subtly in some instances, (such as Birling’s Titanic speech) win over the audience’s favour. One example is the way he plays on the two characters of Inspector Goole and Birling, the Capitalist, to make Birling appear as the antagonist or ‘bad guy’ as a result....   [tags: J. B. Priestley, Inspector Calls, Audience, ] 622 words
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Priestly's Use of Dramatic Devices to Express His Political Views in An Inspector Calls - Priestly's Use of Dramatic Devices to Express His Political Views in An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is a play written by J.B Priestly. The play was first performed in 1945 however it is set in 1912. An Inspector calls is a murder mystery set in Edwardian England, just before the First World War. This was a very difficult time for several reasons. There were frequent strikes, food shortages and political instability. Similarly the period after the First World War was equally difficult. There was a shortage of money and rations and the labour force was diminished by casualties of war....   [tags: Priestly Inspector Calls] 1080 words
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J.B.Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls - Eva Smith's Diary - Dear Diary This month had started off good as I went on holiday with some of my friends to Brighton. Tracey loved it and we didn't want to leave. When we got back life went downhill. When we got back to Mr. Birling's factory we asked for a pay rise as we spent most of our money on the holiday. The reason we asked far a rise was that we need some money to get food and other things. It was actually Tracey's idea to ask far a pay rise from twenty-two and six to twenty five shillings a week. But Mr....   [tags: An Inspector Calls] 992 words
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Change in Sheila's Character throughout An Inspector Calls - Change in Sheila's Character throughout An Inspector Calls J B Priestly ‘s ‘An Inspector Calls’ is set in 1912 and was first performed in 1945. This mean there is Dramatic Irony over Birling ‘s comment about war. The plot concerns Eva Smith a working class girl who commits sucide. She used to work in Birling ‘s factory and every family member affected her life. An inspector comes to their house for investigation. Priestly message to the audience is that everyone in society is responsible for their own actions and the way in which they affect others....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Sheila Essays] 592 words
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Arthur Birling at the Beginning of Act One in An Inspector Calls - Arthur Birling at the Beginning of Act One in An Inspector Calls JB Priestly wrote the play of ‘An Inspector Calls’ in 1945 but set the play in 1912, Edwardian Britain. The writer intentionally set the play in 1912 to make the audience aware of social conscience. Another reason why the play was set in 1912 was because, some of the historical events mentioned in the play, the audience would be familiar with as they would have lived through the time and would know the real results of how they ended and what the causes were because the era from which he set was very different to when he wrote the play....   [tags: An Inspector Calls Plays J.B. Priestley Essays] 1208 words
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Who is Most Responsible for the Death of Eva Smith in An Inspector Calls - Who is Most Responsible for the Death of Eva Smith in An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls is what is known as a well constructed play. Its progression is that of ignorance to knowledge. The characters are the Birling family, Gerald Croft and of course the formidable Inspector Goole. All the characters start off in a lulled sense of security. Sheila begins very pleased with her life and with her fiancé Gerald Croft, as one might who is getting married. Gerald is introduced as the well-bred upper-class man about town....   [tags: An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley Essays] 2068 words
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An Inspector Calls - An Inspector Calls Priestley wrote this play at a time of unrest and war. However, he set his play in 1912, which was a time of ironic optimism. In act one of An Inspector Calls, the Inspector wants to teach the Birling’s That they are responsible for the crime for Example on page eighteen, Gerald- “And we cant help you there because we don’t now”. Inspector- Are sure you don’t know?. As you can see he is using dramatic effects as if he knows that they are the people responsible of the crime. Priestley’s main concerns were to make the scene look like an interrogating for example The lighting is dim and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it is Brighter as the inspector arrives in...   [tags: Plays] 590 words
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An Inspector Calls - An Inspector Calls One of the main themes of JB Priestley’s play “An Inspector Calls” is how man treats his fellow man. 'An Inspector Calls' was set in 1912 in an Edwardian society this was a time of great divide between the classes. There was a lot of social unrest as the working class people where uniting to protest for fair pay, reduced working hours, and better working conditions. The play is set in The Birling Household during Shelia Birling and Gerald Crofts engagement party. The party comes to an abrupt end when a unknown inspector arrives at their door with some news....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1109 words
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An Inspector Calls - An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 but is set in 1912. In between 1912 and 1945, many major events occurred. World War one past, lasting four years starting in 1914 and finishing in 1918. Then World War two approached in 1939 then finished in 1945. The Titanic was a huge event as it was an enormous boat and was “unsinkable;” Until it sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1916. The Russian Revolution took place in 1917; The USSR revolution showed how ordinary people could revolt and take over a country....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1416 words
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An Inspector Calls - The Role Of the Inspector - An Inspector calls - The Role Of the Inspector. The character of Inspector Goole is the catalyst for the evening's events and is quite a mystery and fascination to many people. He is described and comes across as able to create 'an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness…' He speaks carefully, weightily and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses. I will be carefully looking at how he manages to be so powerful and authoritative, mainly concentrating on the specific language and use of rhetorical speaking that he uses throughout the play....   [tags: English Literature] 1204 words
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The Presentation of Birling, in An Inspector Calls - An Inspector Calls Discuss the presentation of the character Arthur Birling in Act One of ‘An Inspector Calls’. The playwright of ‘An Inspector Calls’, J B Priestley, uses Arthur Birling, a stereotypical man of the right wing conservativism, as propaganda against the right-wing social and political views. Conservativism is a political orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes. Propaganda makes use of stereotypes to prejudice the audience against a particular political viewpoint which is contrary to the point of view of the propagandist....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1833 words
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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - An Inspector Calls is a dramatic and entertaining play written by J.B. Priestley in 1945. An Inspector Calls is a story about how a person’s actions can be responsible for someone’s life. The play has a character that is called Inspector Goole. He arrives at a rich, upper class family’s house for interrogation. Although the play was written in 1945, it was set in 1912. What is Priestley trying to convey by setting the play before the World War One. Through my essay I will elaborate my reasons on the Inspector’s role in the play....   [tags: Play Review] 650 words
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Dramatic Devices in An Inspector Calls - In act one J.B Priestly the writer of ‘An Inspector Call’ uses several dramatic devices and ironies to draw in the audience. This story was first performed in 1945 which was at the end of the World War 2, but was set in 1912 before the upsetting disaster of the titanic. These dates are vital as they all link into the message and flow of the story. As in 1945 the World War 2 ended and this was when the labour party got elected as government. Also this is when the welfare states were created which Priestley was much in favour of setting up , this is when you are looked after for example free housing, health care and many more....   [tags: Literary Devices, Critical Analysis] 807 words
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Role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls - Consider the role of the Inspector in “An Inspector Calls”. And what we learn about Priestley’s view on society through the character and his effect on others. The traditional Englishmen’s home is his castle goes out the window, just so that inspector Goole can solve a mystery. A mystery, that by his line of questioning, he already knows the answer to. An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 by John Boynton Priestley, just as the Second World War was ending and Britain was looking forward to life without war....   [tags: essays research papers] 1901 words
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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley - An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley In many respects, "An Inspector Calls" is like a conventional "whodunit". Many of the characters in the play are strong individuals such as the Inspector, who is a typical conventional character. JB.Priestly uses dramatic devices and cliffhangers, which turn the play into "whodunit". However, in many respects "An Inspector Calls" is different since the inspector is only interrogating and doesn't go beyond, finding out what happened. "An Inspector Calls" is just like a traditional whodunit by how most of the characters are strong individuals....   [tags: Papers] 676 words
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