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An Inspector Calls - How does the writer explore the themes of social responsibility, and man's injustice to man through the play."

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Inspector Calls Coursework Question:" How does the writer explore the themes of social responsibility, and man's injustice to man through the play." John Boynton Priestly was born in Bradford in 1894. He immediately joined the British army on the outbreak of the first world war and was sent to fight in France. When he left the army he became a university student at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and completed a degree in Modern History and Political Science. Priestly then found work as a theatre reviewer and contributed many other articles to different newspapers, and began writing his early novels and over fifty plays. In the 1930s Priestly became increasingly concerned about social problems. This is reflected in his writing at that time. During the second world war Priestly became the presenter of a BBC radio programme that followed the nine o'clock news on Sunday evenings which built up such a following that an estimated 40 percent of the adult population in Britain was listening. However, the show was ended because some members of the Conservative party complained about Priestly expressing left-wing views on his radio programme. Priestly and a group of friends now established the '1941 Committee', which discussed things such as how the war was to be won and the economy, Priestly soon became chairman of this committee. In December 1941 the committee published a report that called for public control of the railways, mines and docks and a national wages policy. ...read more.

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However she fought through determined and didn't expect a miracle from the council but Mrs Birling's refusal was the last straw. The whole way through Mrs Birling has no remorse or guilt for what has happened to the girl. To her, the very matter of the death is a great shame, but nothing to do with her and nothing for her to worry about. Mrs Birling carried out her actions with no thought to what effects it could have and even continued to dismiss her mistake after the 'death' which is morally wrong, she remains cold and stone-faced even when ever other member of the family is starting to accept the blame. Gerald is engaged to marry Sheila, he is a calm and sensible character, favoured very much by Mr. And Mrs Birling and also Eric despite being a few years his senior. He acts self-assured, well mannered and generally a nice person. His involvement with Eva Smith started out very honourably. He helped her when she was being cornered by a drunk, and, when learning about her homelessness, offers her a flat to stay in. For a limited period of time he offered Eva all that she wanted, a home, food, money and above all companionship. However Gerald broke off the relationship when he pleased and didn't see her again, leaving Eva with another disappointment. ...read more.

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For a minute, you started to think that they were changing a new leaf at the end of the final inspector speech, but then nothing changes, they still cannot realise that the lesson they must learn is that no matter what class or social standing, race or religion, we are all equal and must work together for the world to become a better place. Eric and Sheila both do selfish, immature things to affect Eva Smith but the thing that differs them from the rest is that they admit what they have done is immoral straight away, and sincerely vow to change their ways. Despite being the youngest in the family, they show more compassion and maturity then the elders in realising the message that the Inspector delivers. Priestly portrays the young as being the hope for the future with more of a social conscience then the older generations, journeying from selfishness to social awareness. In conclusion, Priestly tells us through the play his view that capitalism is wrong, and people should be treated equally whoever they are, and it also agrees with the religious commandment "Love your neighbour as yourself". The characters are made to show people a lesson and not just provide a nights entertainment. These words of the Inspector tell us that we must do something about this social inequality now or suffer in the future. "And I tell you that the time will soon come when men will be taught it in fire, blood and anguish" THE END ...read more.

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