How Does Priestley Create Tension?

Topics: An Inspector Calls, J. B. Priestley, Time and the Conways Pages: 3 (1176 words) Published: May 27, 2012
'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...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • How does Arthur Miller create idea of tension Essay
  • How does Kazan create tension and suspense in On the Waterfront? Essay
  • How does Priestley present the Briling Family Essay
  • how does priestley present the inspector in the play Essay
  • How Does Priestley Show That Tension Is at the Heart of the Birling Family Essay
  • How Does Arthur Miller Create Drama and Tension in Act 1 of ‘the Crucible’? Research Paper
  • How Does Steven Spielberg Create Tension in the Film “Jaws”? Essay
  • How Does Sheriff Create Tension in Act 2 in Journeys End? Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free