Essay about An Inspector Calls Byj.b. Priestley

1259 Words Jan 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 shortly after the Second World War but set in 1912 just before the First World War because Priestley a socialist himself wanted to show how big the class divide was before the wars and everyone had to pull together and how he didn’t want us to go back to that so Priestley uses the Inspector as his voice in the play to try to teach the Birling’s and the audience about caring for each other and looking out for one another.

The play opens up in the Birling’s dining room where the Birling’s plus Gerald are having a celebratory dinner “dessert plates and champagne glasses, etc., and then replacing them with decanter of port, cigar box and cigarettes” many of the things on the table are what only the wealthy would have such as the champagne and the port. Priestley uses these things to get across that the Birling’s are wealthy from the start so that their upper class snobbery and capitalist views aren’t hard believe.

One of the main characters in An Inspector Calls is Arthur Birling an upper middle class man with capitalist views “I can’t accept any responsibility” Mr Birling only looks out for himself and his family and doesn’t care about how his actions affect other people. “The world’s developing so fast that it’ll make war impossible” Priestley uses dramatic irony to show the audience the arrogance of the upper class and Mr Birling’s arrogance is perhaps one of the reasons that as soon as he thought he wasn’t in trouble he stopped…

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