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A 20th century drama written by JBPriestley Middle class boy who experienced the life of the working class people These experiences had influenced JBPriestley to expose exploitation and torment in one of his plays called An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls was written in 1945 in just one week during the Second World War Most of Priestleys plays are about middle class people partly because theatre audiences were generally middle class and so they could easily perceive the characters JB Priestley wanted to make his characters to appear genuine to do this he provided the characters a recognisable social background a relevant environment and some elements of the past life Life back then wasnt all innocent as there were many strikes and neglect politics The play which holds a family know as the Birlings play a main role as they are the ones who are being questioned by the mysterious inspector was set in the industrial city of Brumley a place that didnt exist but was invented by JBPriestley What made a town well known was having an indication of a Lord Mayor and a police force with its own Chief Constable Arthur Birling a man of business was Lord Mayor two years ago when Royalty visited the family Arthur Birling felt that him taking part in the local politics would have meant that there was a very good chance of a knighthood for him Men like Arthur Birling may have come from humble origins but their wealth allow them to rise up the social ladder This could be a way of Priestely putting his views about prejudices and a short message that money can turn you into something youre not To confirm that many women who were poor and were in need of help was suggested from the existence of the Brumley Womens Charity Organisation which Mrs Birling was involved in organisations were relied upon the financial support of rich people It was interesting
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