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"An Inspector Calls" By J.B. Priestley Is Full Of Lies And Deceit. Write Fully About The Way Priestley Exposes Weakness And Wickedness, Not Only In The Characters On Stage, But Also In Society.

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J.B. Priestley sets the play in a lavish and happy environment. Without Priestley even telling the audience that the play is set pre war it is obvious because of all the available luxuries and fineries such as 'champagne glasses' and 'dessert plates'. The war caused great shortages in goods and food, which led to rationing. No one in 1945 (when the play was written) would have been able to create a luxuriant celebratory dinner. This cunning use of setting deliberately reminds the audience of some of the luxuries lost because of the war.The play, "An Inspector Calls", uses moralistic irony to reflect on achievements made today. He reveals the weaknesses and wickedness not only in society, but in the individual characters; which I explain later. An 'Inspector Calls' could almost be referred to as a 'moral play'; a play with a moral lesson, although this phrase is usually used in reference to medieval plays.The performance, 'An Inspector Calls' is about how a lack of equality in society can cause a girl's death; how a euphoric girl drove herself to suicide. J.B. Priestley is describing a girl's death throughout the play, but is really trying to prevent it from happening in real life. He is using guilt and sorrow by remorse to regurgitate the moral objectives and humanity of the people in 1945, after the mass slaughtering of millions of people during the war. This was the focal point for the play. The aspect of equality was the optimism which kept the British people fighting on. The British people felt if equality and rights were initiated then previous unemployment and poverty, in the 1930's would be abolished today. The reminder of equality made the people realise why they were fighting in the war. They fought for equality against autocracy. This is what the Labour Party was promising. This play was used to try and impregnate a socialist opinion, thereby making you a Labour supporter almost subliminally.Mrs Birling turned Eva Smith down. She would not allow Eva to take refuge in the 'Brumley Women's Charity Organisation,' because she emulated Mrs Birling's name and in turn insulted her. Mrs Birling's pride showed no regret in turning her away from the charity.Mrs Birling's lack of remorse is stated in Act 2, where the Inspector confronts Mrs Birling. He uses intellect and fact to encourage Mrs Birling into telling the truth. Mrs. Birling's reluctance to admit she even knew the girl, suggests she is ashamed or frightened. After this confrontation the older lady still feels she has done nothing wrong, 'But I think she had only herself to blame' she replied after discovering she was partially to blame for Eva Smith's death.Mrs Birling's stubbornness, lack of moral values and 'cold heartedness' all unify to wickedness. It would be a generalisation to suggest that most people in 1912 shared Ms Birling's view point, although many may have agreed. The many being in the same social class as Mrs Birling.Mrs Birling was a typical middle class woman. With...

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