Essay J.B. Priestley's Main Aim in An Inspector Calls

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J.B. Priestley's Main Aim in An Inspector Calls

John Boyton Priestley was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on September 18, 1894. In the same year his died. His father remarried four years later. At the age of 16 John left school and tried for a university scholarship. He gained experience from becoming a junior clerk. He then joined infantry for the outbreak of the war. He then became an essayist in 1920, he was very successful. During WWII, he made a weekly radio station but then got cancelled. He wrote till 1970 and then died in 1984.

The quote "We don't live alone we are members of one body. We are responsible for each other" is Inspector Goole's last speech. Priestley's main aim in this
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When the Inspector does arrive the Birling's are polite to start with but then his temper grows as the Inspector tells them about Eva Smith's death. Arthur Birling instantly recognizes her and tries to hide the truth. When the Inspector begins questioning Arthur he becomes agitated and starts to rebel against the Inspector:

"Did you say why?"….

"I don't like your tone." (Act I page 14-15)

Arthur doesn't accept that he was partly to blame for the death. He doesn't want anything to do with the death because he wants to keep up his reputation.

Priestley so far has already described to us one corrupt person from this play. Arthur Birling is a selfish person and that he cares only for himself his family and his money.

Mrs Birling is basically a repetition of Arthur, for example here we see that she hates to be wrong:

Inspector: "yes and she's right."

Mrs B: "I beg your pardon!" (Act I page 30)

She was very defensive and also tried to avoid questioning:

Inspector: "do you recognise her."

Mrs B.: "no why should I?"

Just like Arthur she cares too much about her self to think about others, she didn't mind that Eva Smith had died:

"I'm very, but I think she only had herself to
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