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Discuss the ways in which Priestley reveals ideas about equality between sexes in An Inspector Calls.

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English: ?An Inspector Calls? Essay: ?Discuss the ways in which Priestley reveals ideas about equality between sexes in ?An Inspector Calls?. Write about: The ideas in the play The methods Priestley uses to present these ideas to the audience In my essay, I shall be talking about how Priestley reveals ideas about equality between the genders in ?An Inspector Calls?, and how he presents these ideas to the audience. The points I will be making are as follows: the idea that the genders are clearly not equal, the thought that the inequality between the genders brings out the worst in men, the view that the inequality is a disadvantage to the women in society, the notion that the genders should be equal, the concept that there should be equality for working class women and lastly, the perception that there should be equality for upper to middle class women. These views are shown by Priestley through the characters in the novel, as he uses characters such as Mr Birling and Mrs Birling, to show what he thinks is wrong with society, and uses characters such as Sheila and Eric in later stages, and the Inspector to show what the right view and perception of life during that period should have been like. ...read more.

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You?re behaving like a hysterical child tonight.? Mrs Birling and MR Birling have the same sort of olden day thinking, as even though they call Sheila a child, Priestley has made it quite ironical because Sheila has more maturity than both her parents, yet they are the ones calling her a child: ?Mother ? stop ? stop!? Also, another way in which Priestley reveals ideas about inequality between the genders is by showing that there should be equality for working class women, as even though working class women aren?t as high ranked, nor as wealthy as upper class women, they are still humans, and so should be treated like humans, not like animals: ?Just used her for the end of a stupid drunken evening, as if she was an animal, a thing, not a person.? ?These girls aren?t cheap labour ? they?re people.? ?But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone ? but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, with what we say and do.? Priestley uses the characters of the Inspector Goole and Sheila to transmit the message ...read more.

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He is trying to make people think about what they do before they do it. ?Look before you leap? as the saying goes. The inspector is trying to say that people should all be treated equally. All these messages are aimed at the audience as well as the Birlings. This is how Priestley gets his points out to us, through the link between him and the inspector. In my opinion, I think his main messages are that we are all part of one community, not individual people but we are connected one way or another so we have to care for each other and look after each other. For example '?.We are responsible for each other,' said the inspector. This shows us the inspector has socialist views and does care about others apart from himself. Overall, I think that Priestley reveals his ideas about the equality of the genders quite strongly, and is quite strongly against people being oppressed and undermined, as he believes that everyone should be equal, and so shows that through various characters mentioned above. He uses different characters and many literary techniques to get points across to the audience, such as listing and repetition, and this helps us to understand what exactly Priestley was trying to emphasise and get his point across about. ...read more.

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