J.B. Priestly's main concerns were to demonstrate to the audience, how the people of the older generation (mostly whom are capitalists) differ from the younger generation (mostly whom are socialists) and everybody should take care of one another like a family and if that is a success, than there will be no suffering or any need of any crimes committed or conflicts. This is because Priestly wanted to remove capitalism and replace it with socialism. He wanted to make the world a better place. This play was set before the World War One in 1912. However the play was written and performed just at the end of World War Two around 1945.
His death was particularly tragic as it came just a week before Armistice Day and the end of the war. A common misconception is that all war poets of the First World War were against war. Usually on their way to war, some famous poets such as Rupert Brooke wrote some very famous war poems. Poems such as "The Soldier" and "The Volunteer" give very positive and romanticised views of war and words such as "lance", "chivalry" and "legion" came up very regularly. These poets were not stupid or attempting to get people to enlist, they just didn't know any better due to the classic public school education and the fact that there was no media, such as films to, inform the public of how terrible war is.
As a socialist Priestley believed that we are all responsible for each other. I think that Priestley has written this play to convince people that his views as a socialist are correct. The fact he wrote the play in 1945 yet set the play in 1912 was so he could make the ideas of Mr. Birling seem ridiculous with the use of hindsight. Mr. Birling talks about how there won't be a war, no problems with worker relations and how strong the Titanic is. All of Birling's ideas are shot down because there was a war with Germany, there was a general strike and the Titanic sank on it's maiden voyage.
He left in 1919, having seen active front-line service in France and having narrowly escaped being killed when a German shell exploded three yards away from him and having been a victim of a gas-attack. In “An Inspector Calls”, Priestley uses a lot of his political views in the Inspectors speeches by using him as a kind of a mouthpiece for his socialism. The play was written in 1946; however it was set in 1912, just before the outbreak of WWI. This was a new era when people were no longer willing to accept the poverty or the class system that had gone before. Priestley strongly believed that everyone had some responsibility for others in society and not just their own welfare.
Eric doesn't seem to agree with his father as much though, and often can appear to be rude to his father. Speaking to his father on the issue of speeches he said " Well, don't do any, we'll drink their health and have done with it." Mr Birling begins to speak on the issue of responsibility, stating in his opinion responsibility has been 'created by modern writers', this shows he doesn't really believe responsibility has anything to do with him, like responsibility is just something created to shake the population up a little. Just as Birling talks about responsibility, Edna informs the part... ... middle of paper ... ...eath is due to anybody, then its him." This last sentence is particularly interesting.
He used the Birling family as an example of the Capitalist family that was common amongst the higher classes in 1912, who took no responsibility for other people and he showed this with the power of Socialism, represented by the inspector; the uneasy facade put on by the Birling family to cover up their real flaws and how they have treated those whom they considered to be lower class could not stand up to any scrutiny without shame for what had happened, showing that they know they have been wrong. J.B. Priestley's main line of argument was that the political opinion of people in this world needed to change. J.B Priestley strongly believed in Socialism, which was an economic system. For example, An Inspector Calls, as well as being a play, contains many references to socialism the inspector was arguably an alter ego through which Priestley could express his views. Priestley through his writing was also trying to show that all our actions have consequences and that as a result of the unsuitable social system, people thought it is acceptable not to worry about what the... ... middle of paper ... ...becomes evident that success for the future lies with the younger generation.
In her poem Still Falls the Rain Edith writes about the bombs that were dropped on London, the greed of man and the evil of war. World War 1 has more pieces written about it than World War 2 I think that this is somewhat due to advances in technology and also due to the fact that World War 2 was more devastating and writers may have found themselves having a hard time expla... ... middle of paper ... ...eased. William Blake's poem The Chimney Sweeper showed how a child may have felt. In this poem these little boys work cleaning chimneys, they were so miserable that the only comfort they found was in death. That someday they would die and get away from the world to be with god.
· Wanted to show what life was like with a rigid class system, For example Gerald and Eva would not marry. · Wanted to show what life was like with no unemployment benefit. · In 1945 people had mixed much more to help each other during the war. · There were plans for state support for health and unemployment. · Priestley wants people to decide which kind of life is better for people 1912 or 1945.
Some of the 1946 audience may have been offended by this quote as they had lost people in the sinking of the "unsinkable" and people in today's audiences would find it ironic to see someone of his class, speaking as if he knows everything but misquoting occurrences several times in his speech. Mr. Birling was also incorrect in quoting that in twenty or thirty years' time people will "have forgotten Capital versus Labour", i.e. no more employers v... ... middle of paper ... .... To make them take on responsibility and appreciate their wealth rather than use it against people. However as Mr. and Mrs. Birling were irresponsible after he left and didn't learn from their mistakes, a real inspector is about to come back to ask questions, and Eva Smith is really dead. From this, both today's audience and audiences from 1946 would simply learn to take any chances they get to put things right, and learn from any mistakes made or else things will go wrong.
And to that I say - fiddlesticks!" and of cause the war did happened, well two wars happened between 1912 and 1945. Birling also says the workers won't revolt and the labour party will never grow and again he is wrong. The effect of using dramatic irony to make Mr Birling look ignorant even though he is financially successful is to show that even thought some people maybe be rich doesn't mean they now more about