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"An Inspector Calls" Has Many Social And Political Messages

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Although the author’s intention is to entertain the audience just like every play would, however he also isn’t just entertaining the audience because his intention shows that he is more interested in showing the audience about the structure of the class system. The play is set at the turn of the century and is centered on a wealthy family who are successful and prosperous at a time of poverty for many. They are oblivious to this, and given the fact that the play was
written many years later the play contains much irony about the future, but not only does it make it question our history but also our
future. An Inspector Calls is a play with many social and political messages. J. B. Priestley believed a great deal in socialism and he used several of his plays to try and influence people to be Socialist as well. It was written in a time when Britain was ruled by a Labor government and socialist policies were seen as the way forward. It was a popular way of thinking at that time so Priestley's aim for the play was probably to teach the unconvinced.

The inspector is portrayed as being the champion of socialism; he is there to symbolize Priestley’s views. Essentially Priestley uses biased representations of capitalism, and socialism, reflected with Birling, and inspector Goole, to prepare the reader for his conclusive message. Priestley conveys this message of responsibility towards others in many ways throughout the play. He also criticizes his views on the society at the time by using each of the other characters as dramatic devices to, symbolically, convey his message. He uses the Inspector as one of the most thought-provoking and mysterious characters that modern day literature has yet produced. It is this mysterious element that contributes greatly to making him a very interesting character and one that may be perceived in many ways. The audience does not find a great deal out about the Inspector and nothing is explicitly told to us; we are given hints and clues from the way he acts and what he says and we are therefore forced to piece these together to form our own ideas about his identity and his intentions. As a result of this, he creates big impressions and some how reveals all about the Birling family and Gerald Croft. He makes some of the characters realise what they are really like, and wrecks an evening of celebration. So, his role of the Inspector plays an important part in this play; he acts like a catalyst for the Birlings to change and also a bit like a mirror for us to examine our own consciences, however there is still the alternative viewpoint that he could be a time traveler this is shown when he says “And my trouble is I haven’t much time”, so from this you could predict that he is perhaps from a fourth dimension. Nevertheless there are many possibilities of who he really is. Another option to this question could be that his name Goole suggests that he could be supernatural. In addition to this as J.B Priestley played...

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