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What is the significance of Inspector Gooles final speech?

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What is the significance of Inspector Goole?s final speech? The inspector's final speech is a very important speech, and is detrimental to the play, and the message it tries to convey. In Inspector Goole?s final speech, his speech is not only aimed at the characters, but at the audience too. The inspector talks about collective responsibility, and that everyone in society is linked, in the same way the characters are linked. Though this may seem to be a simple speech about responsibility, it has a deeper meaning, and reflects Priestley?s way of thinking, and political standings- socialism. He believed that the country should be socialist, and the Inspectors speech helps to fortify that, as he says ?we are members of one body?. ...read more.


The significance of this was that though Priestly is probably thinking of the World War they have just lived through, he was probably also thinking about the Russian Revolution, in which poor workers and peasants revolted and took over the state and exacted a bloody revenge against the aristocrats who had treated them so badly. This speech was a message to the upper class in society, and that if though they could treat one lower class person badly, they would join forces, and overthrow them. Furthermore, in his final speech, he says that humanity will learn its lesson in ?fire and blood and anguish? (referring to the First World War, two years after the setting of the play 1912) ...read more.


He says ?just remember this. One Eva smith has gone, but there are millions and millions of other Eva Smiths and John Smiths?? This suggests that the Inspector was not really an inspector, but a socialist, speaking on behalf of the working class people, and conveying a message, that though they do not have as much money as the Birling?s, they are still equal to them, and should be treated like that. In conclusion, the Inspector, in his final speech, tries to show how both the First World War, and the Second, which had just ended when Priestley wrote the play, were the result of attitudes and behaviour such as those of powerful and wealthy families like the Birlings. This may explain why all the worst features of such families seem to be present in the Birlings: they represent the worst qualities of their class. ...read more.

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