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How does Priestley make the Inspectors final speech so powerful?

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How does Priestley make the Inspectors final speech so powerful? By Arjun N 10H ?But just remember this. One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and a chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.? In the Inspectors final speech, the inspector is showcased as a strong socialist, who basically translates what Priestley has to say, and Priestley emphasizes his left winged views through the inspector. This is shown by the repetition of the word ?millions?, which suggests that there are masses of people who are in the same vulnerable state as Eva Smith, and this is also shown by the listing of simple, plain names resembling Eva?s own. Meaning that they may be in the same predicament, and to represent the rest of the lower struggling classes. The plurals are stressed to show that there are many in her circumstances. ...read more.


Moreover, The ?body? represents society, and also suggests interdependence between the classes. It is presented like an actual human body, as different body parts work together to carry out functions and if one part stops working, the whole body will stop working. This is directs especially towards the Birlings, due to the fact that they as it is do not work in harmony with each other in the household (there is conflict between the mother, and father). The Inspector is presented as an omnipotent being of great authority, ?And I tell you that the time will soon come?, the modal verb in this sentence makes this be the subject of the future tense, giving a strong impression that the Inspector has knowledge of what will come in later date, making him seem god like, teaching them to change their ways before something unwanted will come in the near future; which of course is dramatic irony as we know exactly what happened a few years later, and so does the audience (World War 1). This is cleverly put by Priestley, as intentions where to try and persuade the audience into making them change their attitude towards classes beyond their own, and this of course must have struck them quite deeply, as many of them presumably must have still been recovering from the war, due to losses of loved ones. ...read more.


These same words could also be translated to Eva Smith?s suffering, which the Birlings could endure if they do not change their ways. The Inspector then ends his speech with ?Good night?, which can be seen as sarcasm, as ?good? has been the exact opposite of night that the Birling family has had, which is very much like dramatic irony. It is as if that the inspector does not care as the family does not feel remorse, so why should he bare a benevolent attitude towards them? And this short sentence has an impact on the audience as the abrupt sentence finishes his lengthy speech and it is as though he is leaving the decision to the audience about whether to listen to his warnings or not, and give them time to think over his words. As well as the contrast in sentence length. Priestley has created a very powerful last speech for the Inspector, by using comparisons between the extravagant lives of the Birlings and the classes below them, and Priestley uses juxtapositions to define them even greater, and through this, he has made a blow upon the audience, persuading them to try and act upon his beliefs, and since the audience is predominantly Upper class, he makes it clear to them, that they should try and change their attitude towards the lower classes ? and being a socialist, J.B Priestley is very mush against the class system. ...read more.

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