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In,'An Inspector Calls' how does J.B.Priestley portray his socialist views through the...

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Posted February 5, 2011 at 11:20 PM via web

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In,'An Inspector Calls' how does J.B.Priestley portray his socialist views through the play?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 23, 2011 at 11:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Priestley uses the inspector as a vehicle for his socialist message. The inspector, by interrogating each of the family members about their involvement with Eva Smith, reveals their selfish flaws for contemplation by the audience. We see Sheila had her dismissed in a fit of pique, Mr Birling had her fired for campaigning for worker's rights. Gerald used her, Eric got her pregnant and Mrs Birling refused her charity.

The inspector's words are clear and damning. We can sense the fury of Priestley, who was a veteran of the First World War, in the final condemnation delivered to the family-

INSPECTOR: We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.

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