English Literature: An Inspector Call Theme - Social Responsibility

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What is the purpose of the play?
To show the importance of social responsibility, the idea that people should act in a way which helps the less privileged people rather than hurting them.
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What does the Inspector challenge?
The Character's views.
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What is Birling's view?
that community responsibility is "nonsense" The interests of business are more important than the workers rights.
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What is Sybil Birling's view?
That they have no responsibility to the working class - her prejudges are so ingrained they cant be changed.
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What does Sheila Birling realise?
That getting Eva sacked out of spite was irresponsible - but she didn't do anything at the time.
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What does Eric Birling realise?
That his selfish actions were responsible for ruining Eva's chance of improving her life. Unfortunately, his realisation happens too late.
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Why does the Inspector challenge Sheila's behaviour?
To improve it.
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What is the Inspector's final, clear and to the point speech about?
A summary of his lesson about responsibility.
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What does Priestley's moral seem to be?
That it doesn't take great people to change the world - we all change it everyday just by the way we treat others.
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What two things was the Inspector trying to do?
Make the family feel guilty for Eva Smith - but more importantly make them aware of the difficulties faced by all the "millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths"
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What was Priestley a supporter of?
Socialism
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What does an inspector calls promote and criticise?
Social responsibility and criticise the problems caused by class divide.
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What does the play try to make the audience do? (2)
Question not only their social responsibility but also how responsible they are for their own actions.
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Why are the audience more inclined to disagree with Arthur Birling's criticism of socialism?
Because they are already wary of his short-sighted opinions.
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How does Priestley use Birling to promote socialist ideas in his speech at the beginning?
Birling says the whole world will have "peace and prosperity" except "Russia" Russia became a socialist state in 1917, and Priestley was interested in seeing how successful this was in creating greater equality for Russian people.
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How does Priestley use Birling to promote socialist ideas through the criticism of other writers?
Birling attacks Bernard Shaw and H.G wells, who were well known socialist writers during 1912.
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What does the Inspector challenge?

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The Character's views.

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What is Birling's view?

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What is Sybil Birling's view?

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What does Sheila Birling realise?

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