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Priestley wants his audience to understand the meaning of responsibility as a result of seeing An Inspector Calls. What do you think he wishes to convey on this theme?

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Priestley wants his audience to understand the meaning of responsibility as a result of seeing "An Inspector Calls". What do you think he wishes to convey on this theme? Priestley conveys the theme of responsibility very well is the play. The most obvious conveyance of this in the acceptance of the family, causing the death of Eva Smith. Each member of the family has a different attitude to responsibility to the event. Some characters feel more responsible than others. The results of the Birlings irresponsibility's led to the death of Eva Smith. Mr Birling is partly responsible for her death, for throwing her out of her job at his factory. "Oh well-pest like that, there's something in what you say, I can't accept any responsibility" Mr Birling does not feel that he has no responsibility for her death. Next Sheila was at a shop called Milwards, this shop was the only place where Eva Smith had a steady and good job, when she caught site of Eva Smith laughing at her when she tried on a dress. Sheila was not happy so she used her power irresponsibly and complained to the manager of Milwards who the sacked her as Shelia has a wealthy contract with Milwards. ...read more.

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"One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do." The Inspector is talking about a collective responsibility, everyone is society is linked, in the same way that the characters are linked to Eva Smith. Everyone is a part of "one body", the Inspector sees society as more important than individual interests. The views he is propounding are like those of Priestley who was a socialist. The inspector seems to take over the whole family and have total control over who he is speaking to. I think that the way the inspector talks to the Birlings is the way that Priestley would talk to them. Priestley was a socialist and believed in freedom and was for the poor, against the rich. Throughout the play there are different ways in which Priestley conveys the theme of responsibility in the play and one of which is through people being responsible for others. ...read more.

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The fact that they are remorseful of what they have done suggests that they will make a conscious effort to improve human relationships. Unlike their parents, who are only interested in wealth and material items. These views are very much capitalist. "it's my duty to keep labour costs down". Mr Birling only thinks about wealth. And on the other hand Priestley shows that the younger generation will endeavour to perform their moral duties towards their fellow citizens, especially people such as Eva Smith. The play An Inspector Calls conveys a strong political message. It promotes the idea of socialism, as a society in which community and responsibility are central. Capitalism failed in helping out Eva Smith. The reader learns that Priestly is a socialist and abides their way of views. Priestly writes this play as socialist critique convincing the audience that socialism would have worked more effectively for the people. With Eva's death, the reader notices that Priestly calls to the reader's moral views and that tries to convince them that socialism could people jobs, homes and lives. He tries to put across the point that the capitalist governments didn't want to help the working class because they were too worried about their money, but the socialists would have helped her a lot more. ?? ?? ?? ?? Edward Mellen 20/04/2009 ...read more.

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