An Inspector Calls Essay

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An Inspector Calls John Boyton Priestly was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on 13th September 1894. He never knew his mother as she sadly died in the same year. His father remarried four years later. By the age of sixteen Priestly decided to leave school to write, but in 1910 he became a junior clerk at the local wool firm. ‘I was politically-minded to some extent but never able to put politics first’-Priestly. At the age of twenty Priestly joined the infantry as the war broke out in 1914. By the time he left the army in 1919 he had escaped being killed on at least one occasion. After leaving the army Priestly finally took a place at Cambridge University to study Modern History and Political Science. In 1921 he left for London with his newly-wed wife to work as a freelance writer. Priestly managed to achieve consistent success throughout the 1920’s despite the death of his wife, although he did remarry. His first novel ‘The Good Companions’ was produced in 1929 and three years later he was to produce his first play ‘Dangerous Corner’. Priestly went on to produce many plays to be seen in London theatres such as ‘Laburnun Grove’, ‘Eden End’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘When We Are Married’ before his death in 1984 at the age of 89. ‘An Inspector Calls’ conveys a strong political message, it promotes the idea of socialism, as a society in which community and responsibility are central. The play really gives the audience a sense of what life was like in early 1900’s. It captivates the reader and holds their attention throughout the play, Priestly achieves this by his use of climaxes within the plot and by ensuring that at the end of each act there is a cliffhanger. ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a morality play which can really affect the

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