Morality In An Inspector Calls By J. B. Priestley

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Register to read the introduction… By humiliating Birling like this, Priestley degrades the conservative and capitalist viewpoints. This is intended to make people rethink their current political standpoint and reconsider the labour party for power. In contrast to this, is the Inspector who is clearly a socialist. The Inspector reminds us of our responsibilities for each other:

'All intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.'

By making the Inspector say this, Priestley shows how sensible the socialist ideal is. He makes people realise that we need to look after each other and that this will not happen under conservative power.

This speech is juxtaposed against Birling's speech (as seen below); Priestley, I doing this, illustrates the differences between the socialist and conservative views. These differences urge the audience to consider that looking after one's-self had created the degenerate society that was prevalent at the time; this again links to
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There were many strikes at the time; most every type of worker went on strike at some point. There were great debates and much arguing over wages, working conditions, treatment of workers (mostly over the oppressive standards held by factory owners) and even more.

One of the most consequential up-heaves of the period was the women's rights movement. Many women were unhappy with their working conditions, treatment and especially their payment. Woman got paid extremely little; sometimes half of what men could get paid. There were many strikes and arguments about this. This topic is heavily featured in the play, as the reason Mr. Birling fired Eva Smith.

Priestley's major concerns were with inequality, as such, class division would have been (in his opinion) unacceptable, This idea is conveyed as selfish and greedy in the play to portray how awful it is for people to look down on others due to their social status.

Another subject touched upon a lot in the play is the division between classes. There are an incredible number of things said by both. Mr. And Mrs. Birling about

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