An Inspector Calls - Exploitation of the Working Class

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  • Exploitation of the Working Class
    • Act 3
      • Inspector "but remember this.  One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us"
        • The inspector, and by extension Priestley, invites the audience to not make the same mistakes as the Birlings and Gerald have done (abusing the working class).
      • Eric "She told me she didn't want me to go in ... and I threatened to make a row"
        • Eric believes that he has a natural right to a working class woman, showing he has no consideration for her and possibly any other working class women.
    • Act 1
      • Sheila: "She was a very pretty girl too...and that didn't make it any better"
        • Shelia was jealous of Eva, partly due to her looks, and got the manager to fire her out of spite.
        • It can be implied that the higher class didn't think that the working class could be pretty, and could be excused for being fired for because of their looks.
      • Birling: "it's my duty to keep labour costs down"
        • Mr Birling views the Working Class as cheap labour, so he can get rich off them working in the factories. Due to him being based on other 1912 capitalists, Priestley implies that all other business owners were doing the same.
    • Act 2
      • Sybil "It was simply a piece of gross impertinence-quite deliberate"
        • It shows that Mrs Birling is offended by the use of her surname by a working class woman, not realising that it might be her actual surname.
      • Gerald "I didn't feel about her as she felt about me"
        • It suggest that Gerald ultimately didn't care for Daisy, only noting her for being a pretty mistress that could be discarded.

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