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An Inspector Calls

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The play "An Inspector Calls" is set in 1912 but was written in 1945. Priestley uses this class group for his play because Priestley himself believes that the upper class attitude is wrong and uses this play as a way to show his anger at the way this country worked. He very cleverly produces this concept into a play, because he knows that mainly upper class people will see the performance, so the message will definitely get across to people. As we already know Priestly is a socialist and maybe he try's to tell us this in his play and the attitude of upper-class people. Edwardian society at that time (1912) was strictly divided into social classes. Below the very rich were the middle classes (doctors and merchants, shop workers and clerks), after that came the craftsmen and skilled workers. At the very bottom of the social ladder was the largest class of all - the ordinary workers and the poor, many of who lived below the poverty level. ...read more.


All of their morals are tested and they are all put to the test because none of them really know the truth about what they have done until the inspector brings it out of them. Inspector Goole is mysterious. He has a way of making the characters confess to him, and to themselves, their role in Eva Smiths demise. He links the separate accounts together to form an approximate biography of Eva Smith from when she left the employment of Mr. Birling up until she commits suicide. "We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other." He points out that "We have to share something. If nothing else, we'll have to share our guilt," and that "Public men Mr Birling, have responsibilities as well as privileges" to which Birling replies "...You weren't asked here to talk to me about my responsibilities." Contrary to what Arthur Birling believes, it is a very likely that the Inspector was sent to the Birlings to teach them about responsibility. ...read more.


As we go further in to the story past the death of Eva smith we find that most of the things Mr. Birling says are ironic! "Titanic is unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable", That "The Germans don't want a war. Nobody wants a war" And that "we're in for a time of increasing prosperity" Give that audience the impression that his views of community and shared responsibility are misguided also. Every one of the predictions Birling makes are wrong; the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, World War one broke out two years after the play was set and the American stock market crashed in 1929, plunging the world into economic chaos. This leads us to regard him as a man of many words but little sense! Ironic in a way that the audience knew all this. This just shows the hard-headedness and realism of the play, the ordinary person would say things that he believed. My conclusion is that the Birling's do not learn to take responsibility for them selves and should not think in a way that they should not only "look after number one" but also to see what they have done wrong. ...read more.

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