A Review of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley Essay

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A Review of An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley

This play is written by J.B. Priestley in 1945 but is set in an earlier period before World War I. Priestley has wanted us to accept our responsibility for all our work, in this play and has preached a compassionate and broad type of socialism. The Inspector, an enigmatic figure, is used to portray this message. It is through the idea of the detective thriller, that Priestley conveys his moral message, which particularly had considerable dramatic impact on the audiences at that time. The purpose of Inspector’s visit in the play is the same as Priestley’s purpose for writing the play as they both want to reveal the truth and help to change the
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This makes us think of Mr Birling as a fool. Then suddenly, Inspector Goole, quite rudely interrupts the celebration dinner, even then Mr Birling still boasts about his ranking in society, “It’s probably something about a warrant, I’m still on the Bench, you know”, Inspector Goole dismisses the idea of Mr Birling’s thought. He commences interrogating the members of the dinner party.

In the play, Mr Birling is described as being “rather portentous”; he is a businessman, a “self-made man”. His first main concern is to make money. When Inspector Goole asks him about the reasons why he discharged Eva Smith or Daisy Renton, Birling tells him that she organised a strike and then he starts giving explanation and excuses on her. At the end he says, “I refused, of course”, this was his reaction to her asking for a pay-rise. Goole asks why and Birling is very surprised which shows that Inspector is rather unusual. He refuses to accept any responsibility for Eva’s suicide and he gets unusually irritated by the Inspectors constant questioning of his family.

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