Comparing Inspector Goole and Authur Birling

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Comparing Inspector Goole and Authur Birling

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In this essay I will be talking about an Inspector calls. A

well-written play by J.B priestly in 1945. I will compare and contrast

Inspector Goole and Authur Birling, to do this I will talk about the

characters in the play, the use of dramatic irony which priestly uses

within the play to maintain the audience's interests, how priestly

builds up suspense where the play is set, and how the play effects the

audience. I will also be talking about the historical context.

John Boyton Priestly wrote the play in 1945, but the actual story is

set in 1912, two years before the world war. The reason for this is to

show the events which has already happened that the audience already

have knowledge of, such as the sinking of the titanic, the outbreak of

the war, this is dramatic irony.

The play 'An Inspector Calls' took two weeks for Priestly to compose,

as Priestly originally had an idea about a mysterious Inspector

visiting a family. In 1944 he rediscovered his ideas for the

characters of the Birling family in his notebook, then in winter of

1944-5 he finished writing his play. There was no London theatre

available because of the 1st war performed so priestly sent the script

to Moscow where it was produced simultaneously in two theatres in

1945. It was then produced in London the following year.

John Boyton priestly was born in Bradford in 1894 and died in 1984. He

was a socialist who believed capitalism was foolish as he represents

Mr Birling to show his hatred of the upper-class people. At them days

Britain was divided into class syst...

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Inspector, priestly makes the Inspector a "mysterious Inspector"


Other dramatic devices which are used is, the photo, is it the same,

how is everything linked in the "chain of events" and the setting of

the play which is all in a dining room with rosy lighting (romantic

and happy atmosphere) but changes as the Inspector steps in

("mysterious Inspector")

JB priestly also uses dramatic irony in the play, such as when Mr

Birling says "no one wants war" and there'll be peace all over the

world in 1940. As well as when Mr Birling talks about the titanic that

it's "absolutely unsinkable".

These are number of things that Mr Birling says where he's completely

wrong. The audience knows it, priestly off course does this purposely

as he continues to make a fool out off capitalism.

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