An Inspector Calls - Symbolism

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  • AN INSPECTOR CALLS
    • "they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish"
      • Polysyndetic list; symbolic of WW1 and WW2 - dramatic irony - audience are aware of the consequences of social boundaries
      • Alludes to hell - personal pronoun "they" isolates Inspector from this political diatribe against capitalism as he already acts as a proxy for Priestley's socialist views
      • Demonstrates the prophetic power of the Inspector - possibly threatening them if they don't accept responsibility?
    • "We are members of one body"
      • Collective noun "we" - suggests togetherness - emphasises importance of a united society
      • Comparing socialism for Christianity - symbolic of Jesus - "you are all one in Jesus Christ"
      • Highlights the importance of working together - all "members" have a role in society - vital in order to achieve a common goal

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