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The play 'An inspector calls' was written in 1945, but set in 1912... Watch

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    What is the significance of this?
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    Read up on dramatic irony.

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    When was WW1? When was WW2? What effect might this have on the 1945 writer who is writing a story set in 1912?
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    In 1912, the titanic had just started her maiden voyage and no World Wars had happened yet.

    Doesn't Mr Birling lecture the others about how the governments aren't interested in war and about how the titanic is unsinkable?

    This is dramatic irony because, in 1945, the reader knows something that the characters don't: that there WILL be a war, and that the titanic WILL sink!
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    The audience and writer of 1945 would have had very different views to those of 1912- 1945 people have experienced two world wars, which would majorly affect their views. The more 'capitalist' nature of the older members of the Birling family would grate on the audience who would perhaps be more inclined to share the 'socialist' views of JB Priestley... Etc etc. I would say more but I'm trying to remember this from the GCSE English Lit controlled assessment I did a couple of months ago! Hence why capitalist and socialist and in quotation marks, we were told not to use these words but I really don't want to write out lengthy explanations as I'm sure you know them!


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    yh couldnt u have wrote that any harder
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    People were scared of German domination due to Kaiser making enemies of us uk and Japanese troops. 'Just because Kaiser makes a speech or two' helps to show that mr billing doesn't think there will be a war but it's dramatic irony as everyone knows there will be a war or two.
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    Hey guys,

    There's a really helpful article about An Inspector Calls here, giving examples of some really useful 5-star study tools that other students have used... Could help you out with revision
 
 
 
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