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J B Priestley

‘An Inspector’s Calls’ is a play that was written by J.B. Priestley in 1945 but set in Edwardian England 1912. The play is set in a fictional industrial city in the North Midlands called Brumley. The fictional industrial city of Brumley would have been typical of many towns, as in the town there would be factory owners, who would provide much needed jobs, this meant that the factory owners were able to run their businesses any way they wanted to. These factory owners were more important in 1912...

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J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

NOTES Priestley’s Life: John Boynton Priestley was born into a working class family in 1894. He knew early on that he wanted to become a writer, but decided against going to university as he thought he would get a better feel for the world around him by working. Instead, he became a junior clerk with a local wool firm at the age of 16. When the First World War broke out, Priestley joined the infantry and only just escaped death on a number of occasions. After the war, he gained a degree from...

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What is the Importance of Inspector Goole and how does Priestley present him?

In many ways, the inspector is the most important character in An inspector calls and Priestley manipulates the personality and actions of this particular character as the perfect citizen who doubles up as a driving force to change the ways of stereotypical upper/middle class people. The language and stagecraft Priestley uses reinforce the importance of the inspector and make us understand that this inspector, Police or not, is one to be taken seriously. Right from the moment he is introduced...

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How Does Priestley Create Tension?

'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...

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Analysis "Angel Pavement" by Priestley

Analysis “Angel Pavement” by Priestley The extract under analysis is written by an English novelist, playwright and a broadcaster, John Boynton Priestly. “Angel Pavement” is his novel published in 1930. It brought him a great success. Some problems are touched in this novel, for example, a problem of upbringing, a generation gap. Generally, Priestly touches upon problems in the society, emphasizes its inconsistency. The extract dwells upon a common dinner of a family. Mr. Smeeth, the head of a...

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Arthur Birling from 'an Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley

Arthur birling’s Character J.B. Priestley wrote ‘An Inspector Calls’, a three act drama which was first performed in 1945, which is after the Second World War ended. In this play, Arthur Birling is a wealthy mill owner and a politician. He represents the capitalist upper class. Since Priestley was a socialist and server in the war, he wanted to show this ruling class family as the ‘antagonists’ in this play, as he himself, in his life, accused the ruling class for their mistakes, who helped trigger...

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Eric's changes throughout An Inspecter calls

significant because it builds him up as a character and J B Priestley has cleverly thought of Eric’s opening line. This then impacts the reader by showing them immediately that he is treated like a boy so then acts like a boy. Priestley’s use of dialogue helps to portray Eric as a character of foolishness and someone who is oblivious to the events going on in his surroundings. Another reason I believe Eric is childlike is the way Priestley presents the father son relationship between Birling and...

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How Does Priestley Present the Inspector in an Inspector Calls?

believe that the inspector is used as a device by Priestley to explore the wider themes of the play and to depict other characters true personalities. This essay will explore some of the techniques Priestley presents the inspector in An Inspector Calls. One of the ways Priestley presents the inspector is through his physical appearance. In the play, we are given a very detailed description of what the inspector should look like and act on stage. Priestley says "the inspector need not be a big man but...

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How Does Priestley Show That Tension Is at the Heart of the Birling Family

‘How does Priestley show that tension is at the heart of the Birling Family?’ Tensions in the Birling household are shown from the beginning of the play. The house is described as “not cosy and homelike” which represents the cold and unfriendly atmosphere; these characteristics very much reflect the family itself. There is a significant contrast between the older and younger generations throughout the play. An early hint of this is evident at the start of the play when Sheila says she would...

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How does J.B. Priestley use the character of Mr Arthur Birling to criticise aspects of early twentieth society?

'An Inspector Calls' is a play by J.B. Priestley which criticises the social structure of the early twentieth century society. J.B. Priestley was born at the end of the 19th century; in 1894. At this time, Britain and Europe had a very class conscious society. Britain was highly industrialised and governed by right wing parties either the Whigs or the Liberals. Most of the royal families of Europe were inter-related and wielded enormous power. The workers in most countries of Europe were badly treated...

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