Essay about An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley One of the most important themes which Priestley conveys in An Inspector Calls, is that we all share responsibility for other people's welfare, and that wealthy people have obligations to look after those less fortunate than themselves. Not only does Mr Birling represent this aspect of selfishness, but also when he begins to transmit these principles to the younger generation the Inspector calls to teach an alternative way of thinking and behaving. Although the mysterious Inspector Goole is a police officer, his final speech shows that he is far more concerned with the morals of the Birling family:…show more content…
But after all it's better to ask for the earth then to take it. One important device, which Priestley uses to manipulate his audience, is the use of time. The play is set in 1912, but it was written and performed more than thirty years later. This allows Priestley to make Mr Birling seem even more ridiculous, as he says things that we know, in hindsight, to be false. In doing this, Priestley has helped us to discredit all his attitudes, not just his mistaken comments about the war and the Titanic; 'unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable'. This is a device called dramatic irony, where there is a discrepancy between the way things are and the words a character uses. Notice too, how the play is set in a real-life household and happens in 'real' time. This makes the audience feel that what they are seeing is actually happening. They are experiencing realistic social issues through the eyes of a single family - which has become like a miniature world, and although all the events occur in a middle class and prosperous home, the play draws attention to the contrasts of factory life, squalor and lives of poverty and misery. The inspector is not only talking to the characters in the play but also to the audience. The way the inspector makes aware of these ideas creates dramatic tension. In adding the fact that the inspector disproves the characters also creates dramatic tension. The Main
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