An Inspector Calls as a Good Piece of Drama

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An Inspector Calls as a Good Piece of Drama

John Boynton Priestley wrote 'An Inspector Calls' in 1945. He was born

on the 13th of September 1894 in Bradford. He was always politically

minded to some extent, and that is the reason for the socialist

message behind the play.

'An Inspector Calls' was a well-known play when it was first produced,

and it is still highly popular today. This is easily noticeable as;

throughout the years the play has received many awards.

A good piece of drama includes; good characters, a suitable setting

and an easy to follow plot. Ideally the piece should have a moral

message and an ending that creates suspense.

The setting of 'An Inspector Calls' is extremely important. It

reflects the wealth and stature of the Birling Family. The entire play

is set in the Birling household. It is a large well-furnished house,

'It has good solid furniture of the period,' but it is not cosy or

homelike, 'The general effect is substantial and heavily comfortable,

but not cosy and homelike.' This tells us that the Birling family have

not personalised nor respected their household in any way.

The Birling's emphasize their wealth through the décor of their house.

They are able to afford a telephone, which was very rare for people in

1912, when the play was set. They are also able to have servants to

cater for their every need, 'the parlour maid is just clearing the

table'. I think that as the Birling's can afford these things, they

believe that they are far superior to others.

When Arthur Birling is introduced to the play, we immediately get to

find out about his character. We find out that he is a successful


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us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and

chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, with what we

think, say, and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body.

We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will

soon come when, if men will not that lesson, then they will be taught

it in fire and blood and anguish. Good Night.' I think that the speech

sums up all of Priestley's views by using the Inspector to try and get

the message across to all of mankind about how we should learn how to

live equally.

I think that 'An Inspector Calls is a very good play and I highly

enjoyed it. J.B Priestley has used the play to put across his strong

views about equal rights and I think that he uses the characters very

well to get his point across to everyone.
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