How Does J.B Priestly Convey His Social Message Through the Birlings?

How does J.B Priestly convey his social message through the Birlings?

An inspector calls is a play written by J.B Priestly to convey his social message to all that see the play or read it. The play is based on a family the Birling family in Edwardian England they are having a celebration dinner party to celebrate the engagement of Shelia Birling and Gerald Croft, Shelia is the daughter of Arthur and his wife Sybil Birling, Shelia’s brother is Eric Birling who is a young chap that enjoys drinking. Later that evening after they are all “pleased with themselves” they get a visit from an inspector who reveals that they killed a young innocent woman named Eva Smith not physically but socially killed her in this essay I will be answering how does J.B Priestly convey his social message through the Birlings. His social message was that if we all take care of people around us as well as ourselves we can make the world a much better place.

The Inspector is used by J.B. Priestly to express his socialist views on society. The inspector is made out to be very mysterious. J.B. Priestley’s knowledge of the character's "future" enables him to make the capitalist Birlings seem wrong and arrogant by making them certain that things like the war will not happen. The inspector, however, representing socialism is making out that they will defiantly happen. This makes socialism seem to be "the truth". The inspector also seems to give them a second chance, giving the point that socialism forgives whereas capitalism does not (Mr. Birling firing Eva Smith). He gives them this second chance by fore warning them of the real inspector and allowing them to feel remorse, rather than simply being questioned about her suicide.

It is not just the quotation’s that give us a sense of how major and important the inspector is. The lighting shows his presence and his power over the Birlings. The lighting is pink and intimate until the inspector arrives then it gets brighter and harder. This...