An Inspector Calls By. Priestley

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JB Priestley wrote ‘An Inspector Calls’ in 1945 during the Second World War, however the play was set in 1912 just before World War 1 and the sinking of the Titanic. He did this to show the audience that society wasn’t equal. Both authors write in times that present issues of sexism, racism and social divide between the working class and the upper class. The play was first performed in 1946; Priestley became increasingly aware of social inequality of life in Britain and believed that people should take responsibility for others. Because there was strong distinctions between the upper and lower classes Priestley used the Inspector to portray beliefs of a socialist society. Priestley used the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ to convey a moral message to teach a 1945 audience the theme of responsibility. Wealthy people with a higher status in society had more power, taking advantage of those who were not able to stand up for their rights.
The novella ‘Of Mice and Men’ written by Steinbeck was set in America in the 1930s, when the Great Depression was happening, as a result of the Wall Street Crash in 1929. Many people were affected by this catastrophe, especially farmers who lost their jobs and were forced to leave their homes and travel to other areas with more money, such as ‘Golden California’ to find work on ranches because of economic depression, poverty and social inequalities. Steinbeck based his novella on the American dream because he knew that during that era,…
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