Essay on ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B.Priestley

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How has watching a production of ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B.Priestley enhanced the script and furthered your understanding of the play? Refer to themes and characters in your analysis.

‘An Inspector Calls’ – J.B. Priestley
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Twentieth Century Drama Coursework
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Task: How has watching a production of ‘An Inspector Calls’ by
J.B.Priestley enhanced the script and furthered your understanding of the play? Refer to themes and characters in your analysis.

Following my reading of ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B.Priestely, I went to the theatre to see Daldry’s production. I found that watching the play on stage massively enhanced the script and furthered my
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Another of Priestley’s aims in writing ‘An Inspector Calls’ was to illustrate the division between the upper and lower classes. When deciding the date that the play would be set in, Priestley obviously thought of a time when this division was more obvious than in 1945 when the play was written. This is why it is set in 1912. This helps Priestley to explain the relationship between the two classes and how the upper class treat the lower class in a less than moral way demonstrating that there is no link between class and morality. By this the audience can see what life was really like for the lower class. This also uncovers the hypocrisy of the upper class and how they put on a respectable front.
Priestley’s character of Mrs.Birling is firmly rooted in the ways of the upper class and how women of the upper class can behave with the power they possess. She is very prejudiced against people of the lower class and believes that class determines moral behaviour and values, which she proves to the audience, do not:

“She was giving herself ridiculous airs. She was claiming elaborate fine feelings and scruples that were simply absurd in a girl in her position.” Priestley clearly saw similarities between the crisis-ridden world of
1912 and the world of 1945 with all its
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