How Does Priestley Create Tension?

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'An Inspector Calls' was written in 1945 but was set in1912 by J.B Priestly, based before World War One. Priestley proposes equality. The Inspector speaks about them all being the same. 'We are members of one body'. Priestley's use of the word 'body' shows that we are all connected and linked. Everyone needs to work together. The Inspector wants to teach the Birlings how to be more responsible and that money and class is not going to make you a better person and should change their attitudes towards the working class. An Inspector Calls' imitates Priestley's socialist views while outlining the trouble with Capitalism. In 1912, rigid class and gender boundaries seemed to ensure that nothing would change. Yet by 1945, most of those class and gender divisions had been breached, Priestley wanted to make the most of these changes “The time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, when they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.” As well as trying to show the people of 1912 that life was more important than such things as pride and money. J B Priestley writes that the older generation just cared about themselves and let other people get on with what they wanted. He then talks about the newer generation and how they are more caring about other people. Through his play, he encourages people to seize the opportunity the end of the war had given them to build a better, more caring society where everyone felt responsible for each other. 'An Inspector Calls' is a morality play in which the playwright puts in his belief that people should treat one another equally and that there will be consequences to your actions. He also wants to teach the audience a lesson. Priestley uses dramatic devices throughout his play to convey his ideas to the audience. They have been used skilfully to teach the audience important messages and lessons. Throughout the play, up until the inspectors' arrival, JB Priestley portrays a false sense of security. Actions and stage...
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