Priestley's Main Aim in An Inspector Calls

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Priestley's Main Aim in An Inspector Calls In the play an 'Inspector Calls' important messages are presented which can be used for any society. I am going to explore the way Priestley communicates these messages. 'An Inspector Calls' was written in 1945, however is set in an earlier time period of before World War 1. The first impression we get from the play is that it is a typical detective story. This is due to the fact that a dinner consisting of the Birling family and their guest Gerald Croft, is interrupted by the arrival of an inspector who presents the news that there has been a suicidal death of a young woman. This ruins the Birling's evening and some important moral values are also…show more content…
We know this because she feels no remorse for the part she plays in the suicidal death of Eva Smith. The purpose of this is to entertain the audience as we can see her character as ridiculous and 'blinded to the truth'. This re-emphasised by Mrs.Birling's ignorance being made fun of in the play when her selfish justifications result in the condemnation of her son to a public scandal. When Birling discusses the war, that he believes is not going to occur he says "The Germans don't want war", the audience are ware and find the fact that Birling lacks common sense comical. The purpose of this is to again keep the audience entertained so when important messages are put across in the play, the audience are still interested and the message comes across more powerfully. Most of the messages about society are conveyed through characters, especially the mysterious inspector. The character of the inspector is one of shadowy, mystical and quite suspicious manner; this done by the use of the pun on "ghoul" for the surname "Goole". The inspector is used to present critical messages by telling the Birling family they have societal responsibilities. One of the main aims of Priestley is to show upper class and upper middle class people they do have societal responsibilities this is done by making statements such as "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are
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