Essay on Priestley's Socialist Ideas in An Inspector Calls

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Priestley's Socialist Ideas in An Inspector Calls

'An Inspector Calls' is, in many ways, a vehicle used by Priestley to spread and promote his socialist views. By utilising the characters' various dispositions and juxtaposing them against one and other, he highlights his message and creates a powerful dramatic piece. By employing such techniques as dramatic irony, hindsight and a clever setting, Priestley sends his eye-opening message and keeps both reader and audience interested through the stunning revelations at the end of each act.

The play is about an upper-middle class family that is visited by an inspector regarding the suicide of a young woman by the name of Eva Smith. The inspector
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Further alienating him from the audience (and thusly making he and his views seem less stable and unreliable; which then seems a terrible way to run society), are the things he says about the Titanic being: 'unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.'

The amount of things that Birling says things that the audience knows to be false, all aid in discrediting capitalist viewpoints. In doing so, Priestley causes the audience to wonder if society shouldn't be run in another way; maybe they should vote try Labour.

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

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