How does Priestley present ideas about responsibility in the play? Plan

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  • How does Priestley present ideas about responsibility in the play?
    • Most important theme.
      • Lesson of the play.
    • Socialism
      • Priestley was a socialist.
        • Wanted to present his socialist views to the audience.
        • Written in 1945 - end of the war.
          • He wanted to teach the public that they need to look after each other so that something like WW2 doesn't happen again.
    • Younger generation responds differently to older generation.
      • Mr Birling, Mrs Birling and Gerald don't take responsibility.
        • Mrs Birling blames Eric without knowing it.
          • "Go and look for the father of the child. It's his responsibility."
        • Gerald asks Sheila if she still wants to get married and pretends nothing happens.
          • "Everything's all right now, Sheila... What about this ring?"
            • Smug.
    • Eric takes responsibility for Eva and the baby by stealing.
    • Inspector Goole is a mouthpiece for Priestley's views and opinions.
      • "There are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us.
    • At the start, Mr Birling said you shouldn't take responsibility for others.
      • Interrupted by door bell.
        • Dramatic device.
      • "Hard headed businessman."
        • Repeated to show his capitalist views.
      • "A man has to make his own way."
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