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Questions related to the English novelist, playwright and scriptwriter J. B. Priestley (1894 – 1984) and his work. His works include the play "An Inspector Calls" (1945) and the novel "The Good Companions" (1929).

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In An Inspector Calls, is there any deeper meaning attached to the name Birling?

Several of the characters in J. B. Priestley's play An Inspector Calls have names of symbolic significance. Most notably, Inspector Goole plays on his potential supernatural aspects: "spectre&...
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What did J. B. Priestley mean by, "Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself—with a smile."

One of the most popular J. B. Priestley quotes is: Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself—with a smile. Source: https://literature....
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5 stages of grief in An Inspector Calls

Would it make sense if inspector Goole was a relative of Eva and we are in his mind as he goes through the five stages of grief? This does not mean that he goes through these five stages in order but ...
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How does the Inspector's speech contradict Birling's speech in the play "An Inspector Calls"?

In the play "An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestley, Mr Birling gives a speech at the beginning of the play riddled with dramatic irony and selfish statements; he doesn't get to finish the speech as the ...
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Does the Birling family (and Gerald) represent the 7 deadly sins and/or the story of the pharaoh?

One of my theories is that the Inspector is like Moses and the Birling family is like the Pharaoh. The Pharaoh in the Bible decides to free the slaves, but then doesn't go through with it so God ...
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Does Eric Birling rape Eva Smith?

In An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley, does Eric Birling actually rape Eva Smith? Does "force" indicate rape, and did he "force" himself into the apartment or onto her? If he did rape her - why ...
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