Priestley is trying to show that the upper classes are unaware that the easy lives they lead rest upon hard work of the lower classes. By setting the play in 1912 and presenting it to a later audience, J.B priestly has covered an era which includes both world wars. This was his way of expressing a sense of urgency which he thought necessary to pass on to society so that they would not forget what had just turned out and to capture attention. Most of the characters learn a lot about themselves and others. Mr Birling discovers the death of Eva and feels no guilt for not protecting the girl.
With a poor record in school, Adolf Hitler dropped out with ambitions of becoming an artist. Alois passed away when Adolf was thirteen, so Klara raised Adolf and Paula on her own. Between the ages of sixteen and nineteen is when Adolf Hitler began to become interested in politics. Then, in 1909, Klara Hitler died of cancer and Adolf moved to Vienna in hope of earning a living. Within a year he was living in homeless shelters and eating at charity soup kitchens though.
J.B. Priestley's Motives Behind An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1894. His mother sadly died later that year but then his father remarried four years later. He had worked as a schoolmaster. At sixteen Priestley left school wanting to write and he said, “I believed that the world outside classrooms and labs would help me to become a writer.” But instead of working for the local newspaper he worked as a ‘very junior clerk’ in Helm and Company, the local wool firm. Before World War 1, Priestley gained a lot of experience and he was surrounded by “people who read a great deal…and preferred real talk…to social chit-chat” Priestley’s father was a socialist, who shared his views with his circle of friends and these were some of the people that Priestley joined in political arguments with.
The inspector wants to show the Birlings that they are not always right and that sometimes there is no difference between the upper class and a criminal. The play was written just after World War II had finished so the people were very angry and upset. Priestley manages to touch people’s feelings and anger them against the rich by making Mr Birling say ‘war is impossible’ and ‘there will be peace and prosperity everywhere’ which was plainly untrue. As the play was written in 1945 Priestly was able to take full advantage of popular opinion and dramatic irony. He exploits this when Mr Birling says that the Titanic was ‘unsinkable’ and that 1940 will be a year of ‘peace and prosperity’.
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.
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.
These experiences influenced the way in which he wrote. After leaving the army he got a place at Cambridge University, but in 1921 he left for London with his newly wed wife. His first novel was called 'The good companions' which he wrote in 1929, he wrote many other books including 'An inspector calls' which he wrote in 1934 but was set in 1912. In 1927 the queen made him a member of the 'order of merit', which he enjoyed until his death in 1984 aged 89. Inspector calls is about the Birling family and its guest Gerald Croft who are visited by an inspector Goole, who brings news of the death of Eva Smith.
An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley The author of this play is John Boynton Priestley. The Inspector Calls is set out in 1912, around two years before the outbreak of the Fist World War. Looking back on it now, or the perspective of 1945 when the play was actually produced in the Edwardian era. Priestly uses this era to show irony because in the play he talks about the Titanic not sinking and a war never occurring again. This was very ironic especially to the audience in 1945 because they would already know that the Titanic had sunk and had also experienced wars between the time the play was set and the time it was produced.
J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls J. B. Priestly was born in 1894 in Bradford and he died on the 14th of August 1984. Before becoming a writer Priestly joined the British Army on the outbreak of the First World War, he was sent to France where in September 1915 he took part in the Battle of the Loos. Whilst he was in the army Priestly’s first book was published which was called ‘Chapman of rhymes’. After he left the army priestly went to become a student at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and there he gained a valuable experience by writing for the ‘Cambridge Review’.
Tale of two Cities In the fictitious novel Tale of Two Cities, the author, Charles Dickens lays out a brilliant plot. Charles Dickens was born in England on February 7, 1812 nears the south coast. His family moved to London when he was ten years old and quickly went into debt. To help support him, Charles went to work at a blacking warehouse when he was twelve. His father was soon imprisoned for debt and shortly thereafter the rest of the family split apart.