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.
Priestley’s intention is to make the capitalists look stupid and make the audience support Priestley’s socialist ideas. Birling’s views throughout the play continually oppose the inspector’s and so Priestley deliberately makes the play attack Mr. Birling, ironically in their own little war. Similarly, Birling feels little temporary remorse for what he has done to Eva as he feels a crime is only a scandal if others hear about it. Priestley’s presentation is quick in believing the idea that Goole wasn’t a real inspector “if he wasn’t it matters a devil of a lot”
In 1945 Priestley tries to make the unaware percentage of people aware of the cruel society that existed in 1912. He shows that the war mixed people up, it broke down the class and occupational barriers that existed before and that a value was given to all men and women, therefore, in that sense there was equality. In the play the inspector is portrayed as an enigmatic figure, never revealing his true identity. His dramatic power lies in this, where revealing his identity would consequently affect the tension and suspense that is built up as the story progresses. To do this effectively, Priestley leaves several interpretations on the identity of the inspector.
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.
Drama at the End of Act Two in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley What do you think is particularly dramatic about the section at the end of Act Two when Mrs Birling is questioned? In directing the drama how would you bring out the drama? The play of Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley is made dramatic because it is all about an investigation of a suicide and how each family member is responsible. That is the whole aim of the play (in the Inspectors words): “We are all responsible for each other.” The theme of the play is affected by when the play was produced in 1946, after World War Two when the Welfare State was being introduced.
Mr. Birling was a capitalist that thinks everyone should take care of themselves and that rich should not have to take care of the poor. The play criticizes capitalists like the Birlings who think that everybody has their place in life. Mr. Birling predicts in the play that the world would progress and there wouldn't be war. The audience knows is wrong because the play is written in 1946. Techniques like these engage the audience are a part of the plays criticisms of capitalists.
He exploits this when Mr Birling says that the Titanic was ‘unsinkable’ and that 1940 will be a year of ‘peace and prosperity’. He uses irony to help get the case over to the public because when you hear a fat aristocrat talking about something which he clearly knew nothing about, and the fact that both of the things he said c to pass you feel angry. Priestly knew this and wanted to tap into the emotions of people. Another example of dramatic irony is when Mr Birling says ‘except of course in Russia, which will always be behind’ as England had just fought a war with Russia as allies thus, they were seen favourably by people, but here was Mr Birling distancing himself from them. Lighting is used very effectively in the play particularly to exaggerate things.
Dramatic Devices in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley In 1945 J. B Priestly, a playwright and the author of ‘An inspector calls’, a mystery set in 1912, set out to forward his message; Societies need for change. Through his play he uses a number of characters to represent the class structure of 1912, in which he wants the audience to compare their lives of 1945 and after 2 world wars, to before them. Priestly was a strong believer in socialism, a world with no defiant classes and a society that stood up for each other and took responsibility for their own actions. His idea was, due to the forever widening gap between the classes, people are going to suffer as the higher classes gained more power and took less responsibility for their actions.
He wanted people to choose. He demonstrates the difference with the older generation representing the society where you care for yourself, and some of the younger generation that represents a new society where you care for one another. Priestly used dramatic irony to discredit Mr. Birling’s pronouncements in the opening scene. When Mr. Birling, head of the family and a respectable business man, talks of things that the audience knows is wrong, such as his opinion of the ‘unsinkable’ titanic, we begin to doubt Mr. Birling’s opinions, because we already know that the Titanic does in fact sink. At the time of which the play was set in, there were bitter divisions between the rich and the poor, industrial towns such as ‘Brumley’ were ... ... middle of paper ... ... was to change, he knew the adults were stuck in their own reality and will never change so he puts his hope into the children.
The play has become a sort of parable in that it is illustrating a moral truth about society. There may be hope for the characters Sheila and Eric as they seem truly remorseful of their actions. But Mr and Mrs Birling only seem to care about getting away with it without to much publicity. Although they have not committed a crime in the eyes of the law, but have behaved selfishly and immorally. In the case of An Inspector Calls, a valid speculation would be that the author aimed to educate his audience through the characters realisation of their roles in Eva Smiths suicide.