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What Is The Viewpoint That J.B. Priestley Is Trying To Convey To The Audience Through The Portrayal Of The Characters In "An Inspector Calls"

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"An Inspector Calls" was written in the 1940's after the class system had been broken down by war, and was set in 1912 when the class system was still in existence. The audience would have generally been made up of upper class people, they also would have related to Eric and Sheila as the language they used would have been similar to the audience. Priestley uses the characters Eric and Sheila to try to get the younger generation to change; Priestley's viewpoint is not to let the class system return.The Inspector is a socialist and Birling is a capitalist, this reflects the contemporary clashes between capitalist and socialist ideals as the capitalists did not want to abolish the class system, because they believed that everyone should look after themselves, and not to be a socialist, like Priestley where everyone should look after each other.Eric and Sheila represent the younger people in upper class society; they are willing to change as they are not as stubborn as the older people in the upper class society, with the exception of Gerald who is similar to Mr and Mrs Birling and does not change throughout the play, as he was born in to the upper class. Mr and Mrs Birling represent the capitalists who do not want to change the way of the class system, so that everyone looks after each other. Mrs Birling does not work as she was born in to the upper class and Mr Birling provides for her and the family, as Mr Birling was not born in to the upper class he has married and worked his way in to it. The Inspector represents the socialist; he is Priestley's mouthpiece, so that everything that Priestley believes is said through the inspector. Eva/Daisy and Edna are the working class, Edna doesn't have a last name, because it appears as if she isn't important enough to have one, they represent the way the upper class system treats them.The importance of names is that "Smith" suggests Eva being common, which shows her being in the lower class, the Birling family is a well known name about the town and is not common which shows that the family are in the upper class.Priestley shapes the audience's reaction by changing what the characters say and making them think differently rather than saying what they would have said before. This shows that he never wants the audience to change and go back to the class system, but to stay as they are now.Eva Smith's name shows that she was from the working class because Smith is a very common name, Daisy shows that she was trying to have a new start and that she was "fresh", Renton shows that it could mean for sale, as she was becoming a prostitute to earn money for herself so she could stay alive. This is ironic as she wants a new start but is having to sell her body which is not associated with freshness. This shows that the class system is not helping her, because she cannot get a job which would support her.She was abused by the upper class because of her laudable morals, when she wanted a raise at Birling's work place;...

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