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”. The inspector sees society, much like Priestly, something that is more important that the individual interests of the public.

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Some more of Priestley's thoughts are conveyed in that speech, as he adds a clear warning on what could happen if some members, as well as us ignore our responsibility. In the speech, the inspector says “if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire, blood, fire and anguish”. 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 ...

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