Analyse the main themes in 'An Inspector Calls'

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The inspector’s attitude to social responsibility is the most dominant out of the characters in ‘An inspector calls.’ The inspector dwells on social responsibility as everyone being caught in a ‘chain of events’, so implying that we are all responsible for each other’s actions. He has opposite views of Mr Birling; who strongly believes that people should only look after themselves.

The Inspector is a representative figure and mouthpiece for Priestley’s socialism. J.B.Priestley wanted to show that in society we must be responsible for one another and recognise that our actions can have an impact on others. The Inspector sees society as more important than individual interests. The views he is propounding are like those of Priestley who was a socialist. However, although the Inspector can help the audience to see their responsibilities, they must also want to change their behaviour, so Priestley also points out that we all have a personal responsibility. 

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Mrs Birling expresses the fact that women must ‘get used to’ the fact that men with important work to do must spend time and energy on their business. . At the time ‘An inspector calls’ was written, women conformed to the attitudes and actions of men.  This suggests that the role of a women in this time period is clear, to abide by the man’s business and ethics. It surprises me that these attitudes are expressed by Mrs Birling, a woman of the upper class.

Upper-class citizens, at the time of the play, evidently had an advantage over ...

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