An Inspector Calls Context

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  • An Inspector Calls Context
    • 1912
      • Main Events
        • 15th April 1912 - Titanic sinks
        • Before World War 1
        • Labour party was created
        • After the industrial revolution - many features still visible
          • Eg. High prices; low wages
        • Suffrage movement
      • Links to play
        • Eva Smith demands higher wages
          • Eg. High prices; low wages
          • Upper class distinctions - 87% of wealth belonged to 5% of the population
          • No minimum wage
          • Upper class didn't believe in war
            • Before World War 1
          • Women were lower than men - submissive
            • Working women were at the bottom of society
            • Women didn't have the vote
              • Suffrage movement
          • No benefits so the government weren't much help for unemployed etc.
            • Charities tried to offer some help
      • J. B. Priestley
        • BBC radio broadcaster during World War 2
          • 'Postscripts' was used to boost morale but also to share Priestley's socialist views
            • Influenced Labour's win 1945
        • World War 1
          • Joined the British Army as part of the Bradford Pal's Battalion (Infantry)
            • Escaped an attack but many of his friends died
              • World War 1
                • Joined the British Army as part of the Bradford Pal's Battalion (Infantry)
                  • Escaped an attack but many of his friends died
                    • "Tradition of an officer class"
                • Witnessed the horrors of the Front - social inequalites
                  • "Tradition of an officer class"
          • Witnessed the horrors of the Front - social inequalites
        • Dramatic Irony
          • 1945
            • Main Events
              • Dramatic Irony
                • 1945
                  • Main Events
                    • 1926 General Strike (Miner's Strike)
                      • Conflict between business owners and workers
                        • Class distinction greatly reduced after WW2
                          • Society
                            • Social change after WW2 - everyone had the same money and clothes
                              • NHS had allowed everyone to have healthcare during the war
                            • Left-wing views more popular
                            • Women had earned more value during the war through war work
                    • Labour's landslide victory with Clement Atlee
                      • Influenced Labour's win 1945
                    • Women had the vote
                      • Women had earned more value during the war through war work
                  • Society
                    • Social change after WW2 - everyone had the same money and clothes
                      • NHS had allowed everyone to have healthcare during the war
                    • Left-wing views more popular
                • 1912
                  • Main Events
                    • 15th April 1912 - Titanic sinks
                    • Labour party was created
                    • After the industrial revolution - many features still visible
                    • Links to play
                      • Eva Smith demands higher wages
                        • Upper class distinctions - 87% of wealth belonged to 5% of the population
                        • No minimum wage
                        • Upper class didn't believe in war
                          • Women were lower than men - submissive
                            • Working women were at the bottom of society
                            • Women didn't have the vote
                            • No benefits so the government weren't much help for unemployed etc.
                              • Charities tried to offer some help
                        • The people know the consequences of the war and how it affects people
                          • Priestley's message: don't let us go back to the way we were before. Look what happened when we tried that last time (WW1)
                      • 1926 General Strike (Miner's Strike)
                        • Conflict between business owners and workers
                          • Class distinction greatly reduced after WW2
                        • Labour's landslide victory with Clement Atlee
                          • Women had the vote
                        • The people know the consequences of the war and how it affects people
                          • Priestley's message: don't let us go back to the way we were before. Look what happened when we tried that last time (WW1)
                      • Well-made Plays
                        • Dramatic genre from the 19th century
                          • The term was first used by Eugene Scribe
                        • 5 Elements of a Well-made Play
                          • 1. A tight plot that revolves around a missing element
                            • Eg. Letters or an absent person
                          • 2. Subplots that are related to the missing thing and add tension
                            • Often a revelation of information
                          • 3. A climax or scene of revelation where the missing element is revealed
                            • Often saves the hero from ruin or embarrassment
                          • 4. A closing scene which usually unravels the problem or the plot
                            • Usually explanations are supplied to resolve all earlier questions
                          • 5. Most of the play takes action before the play even begins
                      • AIC Main Themes
                        • Age
                          • The young are the next generation who are going to make the changes
                            • Only Shelia and Eric learn from the Inspector
                        • Gender
                          • Mrs Birling's attitude to single mothers
                          • Mr Birling patronisingly says that all women "love clothes"
                          • Women are submissive; they're not supposed to protest but Eva Smith does
                        • Class
                          • More socialist attitudes after WW2
                            • Socialism: production and distribution of goods and service is a shared responsibility
                            • Capitalism: where a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners rather than the state
                        • Social responsibility
                          • The upper classes must take care and be responsible for the working class they oversee
                          • Priestley doesn't want society to go back to how it was before WW1
                            • Is the message of the play that we should see how well society worked when it was mixed and continue in the same vein?

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