An Inspector calls

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  • An Inspector Calls
    • Themes
      • Capitalism/Socialism
      • Class
        • Before the war, Britain was divided by class. The war meant that people were brought closer together. This is because regardless of class, people were eating and dressing the same due to rations. Priestly highlights the inequality that still exists post-war.
          • Priestly explores the theme of class through the working class character Eva Smith and her treatment by the Birlings and Gerald Croft, who are all upper class.
            • "As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!" (Mrs Birling)
      • Gender
        • As men were going to war, women started to fill their job roles. They enjoyed their new found freedom. Priestly shows the old and negative attitude that upper class society felt towards the changing gender roles.
          • Explores the theme of gender through the view and treatment of women from the male characters, how Mrs Birling treats Eva Smith and how Eva Smith is portrayed as outspoken.
            • "She was claiming elaborate fine feelings and scruples that were simply absurd in a girl in her position." (Mrs Birling)
      • Age
        • Priestly shows the contrasting attitude between the older and younger generation characters in the play to highlight his beliefs that it was the younger generation who had the potential to learn and change post-war.
          • Priestly explores age through Sheila and Eric's reaction to Eva Smith's death, Mr and Mrs Birlings reactions and how the older characters perceive the younger ones.
            • "You’re beginning to pretend now that nothing’s really happened at all." (Eric Birling)
      • Responsibility
        • Performed in the UK just after world war two. Time of great change in Britain. Priestly wanted his audience to be responsible for others as well as them selves.
          • Explores the theme of responsibility through the treatment of Eva Smith, how each character responds to their own lack of responsibility and the Inspector's lessons.
            • "It's better to ask for the earth than to take it." (The Inspector)
    • Characters
      • The Inspector
      • Mr Birling
      • Mrs Birling
      • Sheila Birling
      • Eric Birling
      • Gerald Croft
      • Eva Smith


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