The Theme of Responsibility in An Inspector Calls Essay

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The Theme of Responsibility in An Inspector Calls

John Boyton Priestly (1894-1984) wrote ‘An inspector calls' in 1945 and it was first performed in 1946. The play was set in 1912. Priestly wrote this play to send out a message of responsibility to the people.
Priestly believed that even in 1945 they were still the same as they were in 1912, which is why Priestly choose to set the play in 1912, along with various other reasons, such as he wanted the audience to have the benefit of dramatic irony.

During the Second World War, the people had united to fight one common enemy. This unity was that he wanted us to understand and believe in.
He wanted to give everyone a choice. Should we go back to the way it was before the First
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Priestly’s detective play is very different from the other detective plays.
Priestly did some things similar, such as the inspector comes and ask questions, however, Priestly leaves the audience think what will happen as the story is incomplete. Priestly follows all of the three unities. Unity of place- Priestly based his play in one scene.

Unity of time- Priestly kept the play the same length of time as the okay takes to act. Unity of Action- Priestly made his play based on one storyline, no sub-plots. However, Priestly does not tell the audience who caused Eva’s death Also Priestly does not tell the audience do not know who the inspector is. This makes the audience wanting to know what happens next.

At the beginning of the play, Priestly likes to build up the tension and suspense. It is obvious when Gerald was ‘awfully busy’ the previous summer. This is already making people speculate about what is going to happen. But considering the Birling’s actions in the play we change our attitude towards then. For instincts, when Mr. Birling is giving his speech on his political views he gives an example of dramatic irony when he talks of things that the audience know is wrong, such as his opinion of the ‘unsinkable’ titanic. When Mr
Birling talks like that we know he is very naïve. Mr. Birling is oblivious to the word ‘responsibility’, his mind seems to reject it as he believes that people should care only for themselves, even as

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