B Priestley Essays

  • An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley

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    An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley Introduction My aim is to explain a key scene from the play ‘An Inspector Calls’, how it might be staged and to explain the role of my chosen character Mr Birling in this part of the play. This is the key scene: Birling (solemnly) But this is point. I don’t want to lecture you two young fellows again. But what so many of you don’t seem to understand now, when things are so much easier, is that a man has to make his own way – has to look after

  • Character Comparison in An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley

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    Inspector Calls by J B Priestley An inspector calls was written in 1946. However it was set in 1912. I think this tells us that the time of which is was written is very significant. As at this time in particular the emphasis on classes in society was very much more than it was later. The play is set in a fictional industrial town called Brumley. It is a typical town where factory owners where able to offer much needed employment and run things exactly how they wanted. J B Priestly offers us

  • The Role Of The Inspector In An Inspector Calls

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    What is the role and function of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls? An Inspector Calls is a play with lots of political messages as well as social messages. J. B. Priestley believed in socialism and he used large amounts of his plays to try and convince people to his way of thinking. It was written in a time when Britain was ruled by a Labour government and socialist policies were seen to be a good way to go. It was a common way of thinking at that time so Priestley's aim for the play was to

  • Susan Cooper

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    left England to marry an American, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and went "rather nervously" to live in the USA. She wrote two more books for adults: a study of America, Behind the Golden Curtain and a biography of J.B. Priestley, Portrait of An Author. A further novel, the autobiographical Dawn of Fear published in 1970, was written before continuing the Dark Is Rising series. Dawn of Fear is a solitary, looking at the experience of living in war-time Britain through

  • Critical Evaluation of a Magazine Advertisement

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    Critical Evaluation of a Magazine Advertisement “Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned.” ~J.B. Priestley sums up the reality of our media today. We are constantly being influenced and affected by advertisements and how we react to them. Advertisements have a great effect on us and how we operate. Advertisements attempt to control what we should wear, how we should look, what we should eat, what we should do, how we should think, and how we should smell. This

  • A Review of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley

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    A Review of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley This play is written by J.B. Priestley in 1945 but is set in an earlier period before World War I. Priestley has wanted us to accept our responsibility for all our work, in this play and has preached a compassionate and broad type of socialism. The Inspector, an enigmatic figure, is used to portray this message. It is through the idea of the detective thriller, that Priestley conveys his moral message, which particularly had considerable

  • An Inspector Calls - J. B. Priestley's Morality Play

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    The Play ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a modern morality play, created by J. B. Priestley. A morality play is a play that is designed to teach the audience the difference between right and wrong; the morality of this play is a Christian and socialist morality. The play encapsulates on the Christian religious morality that you should treat people the way you want to be treated to ‘love thy neighbour as thy self’. J. B. Priestley was a socialist who believed that everyone was created equally and should be

  • J. B. Priestley's Beliefs In An Inspector Calls

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    The Reflection of J. B. Priestley's Political and Philosophical Beliefs in An Inspector Calls In 1945 J. B. Priestley wrote the play "An Inspector Calls". It is a very tense play; the audience are always on the edge of their seats. It is didactic as it conveys a social and moral meaning to the play. The play has naturalistic conversation all the way through, to make it seem real, like you could be there. But it also has surreal elements; for example; the inspectors name

  • J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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    change things socially, someone had to rebel against this unfair system before things got any worse. These people were the socialists, and some of them wrote plays to change the way of thinking, one of which was "an inspector calls." John Boynton Priestley was the successful writer of the play. He was born in the county of Yorkshire on the 13th of September 1894. He knew early on that he wanted to become a writer, but decided against going university, as he believed that the world outside classrooms

  • Inspector Goole Real Or Ghoul Essay

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    Calls by J. B. Priestley. The inspector is first introduced during an evening event, an engagement prepared by the Birling’s (Act 1). The presence of the inspector turns the celebration into an investigation about the death of one Eva Smith, who used to work at Birling’s company. There have been numerous arguments on the reality of Inspector Goole. While some question his reality, there are many possibilities of what or whom the inspector could be. Could he be a ghost, the voice of Priestley (the author)

  • The Style of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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    The Style of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley "An Inspector Calls" is set in England, in a town called Brumley. The date is 1912, two weeks before the Titanic sets sail. The book was written towards the end of the Second World War in 1945. In the play, the house of the Birling family is elaborately decorated in expensive taste and shows that the family are high class and very wealthy. Seated around the table are Mr and Mrs Birling, their son Eric and their daughter Sheila who has just

  • How Priestley Presents His Ideas To An Audience In Act One Of An Inspector Calls

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    How Priestley Presents His Ideas To An Audience In Act One Of An Inspector Calls Although J. B. Priestley was born many years after the ancient Greek civilisation produced some of its great literature, he still decided to use a similar way in which there greatest and therefore probably the greatest philosophers conveyed there ideological views, opinions and philosophies about society. He decided to utilise similar techniques as Plato and his famous student Aristotle and write a play-script

  • By referring closely to J B Priestley’s account of Bradford, explain

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    By referring closely to J B Priestley’s account of Bradford, explain what he considers gave the city its particular character at the time he was writing. J.B. Priestley, in his writing about Bradford, believes its character comes from, what might seem like, conflicting ideas. These ideas contribute to what Priestley calls Bradford’s odd quality. The character of Bradford, in 1933, when Priestley was writing, was made up of two extremes, provincialism and that of a cosmopolitan city. Provincialism

  • How J.B. Priestley Uses Dialogue and Stage Directions in "An Inspector Calls

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    important because later on, we find out how J. B. Priestley has linked the girl’s death to all the Birling family members. The first impression of Arthur Birling is in the initial stage directions, when he is described as ‘a heavy looking, rather portentous man in his fifties.’ The fact that he is described as ‘heavy looking’ and ‘portentous’ suggests that he has a fairly comfortable lifestyle, and has an inflated opinion of his own importance. Priestley has done this to fit the typical man of the

  • Moral Messages in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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    Moral Messages in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Priestley wrote an Inspector Calls in 1945 - just before the end of WW2. However, The play itself is set in 1912 - just before the start of WW1, and in Edwardian England. Priestley was a socialist writer who had left wing political views with very strong beliefs; he enjoyed using types of theatre to get his messages across. When the platy was set, there was a lot of historical events going on at the time; Titanic, Captain Scott falling

  • J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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    Professor Azaria Frost and I am one of the leading experts on JB Priestley and his plays. Today I am here to talk to you about 'An Inspector Calls.' I have been lead to understand that all of you will soon be taking an A-level exam on this play. Is that correct?" (Pause for answer 'yes') "Good. I'll start by taking each character in turn and discussing with you the dramatic effect of this character in contrast with how Priestley used them to criticize society. We'll start with Arthur Birling

  • How Does Priestley Present The Role Of Goole In An Inspector Calls

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    English coursework Explore the ways in which Priestley presents the role of Goole in ‘An Inspector Calls’ J. B Priestley, the author of ‘An Inspector Calls,’ had survived WW1 and endured several gas attacks that endangered his life. With this knowledge of the author, the tone of the play has already been set: Priestley has acknowledged that he is lucky to be alive and consequently his experiences led him to never be complacent. The play was first performed in 1946, just after the end of WW2. The

  • An inspector calls

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    least I'm trying to tell the truth”. Therefore, Sheila is seen to feel the most socially responsible out of the Birling family. To summarise Priestley shapes our view in showing that Author Birling is an selfish, impatient man who won’t change his ways and who didn't learn his lesson, this shows that Mr Birling is the older generation he is old fashioned. Priestley shapes our view in showing that Shelia is a kind caring woman who can take responsibility for her actions, Shelia learnt her lesson and is

  • Dramatic Functions of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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    Dramatic Functions of Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley In the play An Inspector Calls, a message is being portrayed to the reader by J. B Priestley and in my opinion, the main bearer of this message is the inspector. Being of an ambiguous nature, he appears to live in a different world to the family with whom he deals; the Birlings and it is his dramatic function in the play that I shall be analysing. Firstly, we have the Stage Instructions to consider. Throughout

  • Role of the Inspector in An Inspector Calls

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    traditional Englishmen’s home is his castle goes out the window, just so that inspector Goole can solve a mystery. A mystery, that by his line of questioning, he already knows the answer to. An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 by John Boynton Priestley, just as the Second World War was ending and Britain was looking forward to life without war. The play is set in 1912, when Britain still had its Empire and was a wealthy country before the First World War – it was also the year that the Titanic