John Boynton Priestley was born on 13th September 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire and died in 1984. Queen Victoria died in 1901 (when Priestley was seven years old), thus ending the ‘Victorian’ era. Her son then became King Edward VII, which was the start of what we know as the ‘Edwardian’ era. When Priestley was sixteen he left school and worked in a firm of wool merchants, but joined the army and served in the First World War, (1914-18) on the front line in France. He was wounded and gassed.
An Inspector Calls is a play written by J.B.Priestly in 1946 and is set in 1912 in Britain. The predominant amount of the play takes places in the Birling family’s sizable sub-urban house. The house belongs to the affluent ex mayor and current manufacturer Arthur Birling and his wife, daughter and two children. The family rejoicing and marking the occasion of the romantic (though for Mr Birling commercial) engagement of Sheila and her fiancé, who happens to be son and heir of Arthur Birling’s industry
is the role of the Inspector in “An Inspector Calls”? Set at the close of the Edwardian Era, J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls” is a detective story like no other. Premiered in 1945, the play explores the class divide and social hierarchy of early 20th Century Britain, warns of the evils of Capitalism and expresses Priestley’s own Socialist message. As a rich, middle-class family celebrate an engagement, their idyllic world is shattered by the arrival of a police Inspector, investigating the
The Dramatic Importance of the Inspector in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls In this play, Inspector Calls J.B. Priestley expresses his personal viewpoint on society in general throughout the play by using the character Inspector Goole. His viewpoint is evident in the main themes through out the play which are social responsibility, power and lies. These themes help to articulate his belief that all people share a common humanity and so all are part of a community whereby