J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Essay

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J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Britain in the early 1900's was a class-ridden society. Life was not easy for some. Some found it very easy, this was because of the unjust system of class, it all depended on whether you were rich or poor, and upon education. People were labelled as working, middle, or upper class, so the upper class would have titles and were very important people, whereas the working class were known as cheap labour. The poor just got poorer and the rich got richer, time - workers …show more content…
He had been through two world wars, and joined the infantry in the first. He served for 5 years before he left, and escaped death on numerous occasions. He was also a victim of a gas attack; " I was lucky in the war and have never ceased to be aware of the fact." He later became a successful writer.

The contempary setting of the play would be very plain and simple. The main effect of this was substantial and heavily comfortable, not cosy and homelike. The play itself would be set in the Birlings's dining room, and there wouldn't be any set changes throughout the play, partly because Priestley didn't want the audience to get distracted from the dialogue. The lighting should have been pink and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it would be brighter and harder which would change the atmosphere as they were interviewed. The contempary audience did not need reminding of the two world wars considering they had experienced at least one already. However the set for a modern day audience would be entirely different.

The performance for a modern audience would have been rather complex: to the side of the stage there was a radio and a trap door; this was to remind the audience of the war. The house is positioned on stilts, which represents them being superior to ordinary people. At the beginning of the performance some children would be seen playing, but as soon as

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