AIC themes

4 Main Themes

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  • Social responsibility
    • AIC Themes
      • Age
        • Priestley  believed  hope in  younger generation's ability to learn and change.Eric + Sheila: younger - accept mistakes + offer chance for brighter future.
          • older characters' opinions + behaviours- stubbornly fixed. Birling refuses to learn + Mrs Birling can't see obvious about herself + her children.
        • explores  through: Sheila + Eric's response to Eva's death, Mr + Mrs Birling's response to Eva's death, how older characters perceive younger ones
      • Gender
        • Written after WW2- women filled  men positions, men ad to acknowledge women just as capable, many men stuck to past
          • Priestley explores impact of new gender roles through independence of Eva + sexist attitudes of Birling.
        • explores through: how Birling + Gerald Croft view women, how Mrs Birling treats Eva, how Eva is portrayed as independent and outspoken before her death
      • Class
        • before WW2: division between 2 classes, war helped bring together
          • Priestley wanted to highlight that inequality between classes still existed + that upper-classes looked down upon working-class in post-war Britain.
        • Explores through:  when Eva is a factory worker, when she works in a shop, when she is effectively homeless, when she is potentially a single mother
    • Priestley wanted to address this issue: no assistance for the poor.
      • Priestley wanted  audience be  responsible for  own behaviour and responsible for the welfare of others.
    • Explores through:    treatment of Eva, how  characters take or don't take responsibility for behaviour, the Inspector's lessons

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