How Does J.B Priestley Create A Sense Of Wealth And Privilege In The Play?

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An Inspector calls is a script of a fiction play, a mystery. It’s written by J.B Priestley and set in the Edwardian age. This essay explores how the author creates a sense of wealth and well-being to the Birling family and their lives in the play. J.B Priestley uses clever techniques throughout the play. Stage directions are one example of these techniques. The stage directions are a vital part of how the image and setting of wealth and privilege in the play are created. “The dining-room of a fairly large suburban house, belonging to a prosperous manufacturer” Even this, the very first sentence plays an important role to the audience and the association the Birings have with privilege. Priestley then goes on to give more directions that give the impression and prove that the Birlings are quite well off and of a high class. Such words as “good, solid furniture of the period” “desert plates, champagne glasses” “port glasses are already on the table” suggest this. They suggest this because only a family of such privilege would have the money to afford these possessions. Speech is another method of producing a sense of prosperity. The use of speech certainly helps the audience understand how the higher class people in the Edwardian age would speak. Words used such as “moonshine” “by jingo” and absolutely first-class” imply that they are a polite and posh family. “By jingo” is a fancy way of saying an expression of surprise, “moonshine” meaning nonsense. “Absolutely first-class” was actually said by Gerald and not a Birling nevertheless he was commenting on the Birlings celebration of his and Sheila’s official engagement. J.B Priestley has therefore created a feeling of class as a result of the technique of speech. Priestley also illuminates the spectacle of the Berling’s occupations into the play. Mr Birling is a prosperous, successful business man, along

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