Dramatic Devices in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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Dramatic Devices in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Introduction John Boynton Priestly (1894 - 1984) played many roles as a political activist and commentator; a campaigner for nuclear disarmament and public lending right; a cultural ambassador; and a student of time and of dreams. He once, memorably, became an actor in one of his own plays and stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the 1945 General Election. It may be argued that in literary, social and political terms he was very much 'a man for all seasons'. His father's socialist friends introduced Priestly to politics. Priestly was the most versatile writer of his time; one of his great plays, which I will perform my coursework on, is called 'An Inspector Calls'. This play was set in the spring of 1912 but peculiarly it was first performed in 1945 pre-1939, London theatre was very well known during the war theatres. The inspector wants to show and teach the Birlings to take responsibility for their own actions, to see what the consequences are to what they act upon. He also wants them to realise when they are wrong and to never refuse help to those whom are in need of help no matter what their reason, their past or situation. 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. This enables J.B Priestley to show the audience, that Mr Birling is wrong. Birling said that there wasn't going to be another war.
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