An Inspector Calls - Socialism vs Capitalism

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  • Socialism vs Capitalism
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      • Mr Birling "I'd a special reason for not wanting any public scandal"
        • Mr Birling is shown not to have learned anything from his encounter with the inspector, caring more for his public reputation than Eva's suicide.
        • Capitalist
      • Sheila : “I behaved badly too. I know I did. I’m ashamed of it.”
        • Sheila is shown to take social responsibility for her actions because she has played the part in Eva's death.  Priestley presents Sheila as a socialist after the inspector makes her realise how selfish she has been showing that the future generation can be more open minded to change.
        • Socialist
    • Beginning
      • Gerald "You couldn't have done anything else"
        • Strengthens the idea that Mr Birling isn't the only one who is self-orientated - but all rich capitalists are.  Gerald feels that nothing else could be done in the law or otherwise as capitalists felt it was their duty to keep labour costs down.
        • Capitalist
      • Mr Birling  “A man has to make his own way – has to look after himself – and his family too”
        • Presents Mr Birling as a self-centred character implying that the rich don't care about anyone but themselves and their family.  Furthermore it shows how rich capitalist are unwilling to take social responsibility over the workers as they are unwilling to know what position working class people are in.
        • Capitalist
    • Middle
      • Eric  "He could have kept her on instead of throwing her out.”
        • Eric seems socially aware of the poor suffering poverty implying that he does not believe in capitalism.  This idea is strengthened when Eric seems to be sided with the inspector from the very beginning.
        • Socialist
      • Mrs Birling  “As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money!”
        • It suggest how Mrs Birling sees herself as higher than the lower classes with her not caring that the poor are suffering.  Morals don't apply to Mrs Birling as it's all about  wealth and social class to her making her confused why Eva would deny stolen money.
        • Capitalist


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