Socialist Beliefs in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Essay

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Socialist Beliefs in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

"No man is an island, entire of itself.

Everyman is a piece of the continent a part of the main

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Any mans death diminishes me for I am involved in man kind.

Therefore do not send to know for whom the bell tolls.

It tolls for thee."


This piece of writing means that we are all linked. No man can stand alone. Everybody needs everybody else for help, and if one person dies over the other side of the world it is still very important.

This piece of writing is very humanistic. The Inspector had a very socialist views, he was the complete opposite to MrBirlingwho was conservative. The Inspector made
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They do not really connect with society unless they are 'important' members of the community. I think that the stage setting should be decorated in an upper-class, wealthy way. I think maybe the paint and decorations/props should be slightly sub-standard to show the proverbial cracks in the Birlings lives and relationships. Birling makes several little speeches during the play all of which are about his world view, they all turn out to be ironic. On page six MrBirlingsays "there isn't a chance of war" this is very ironic as two years later war is spread through out all of Europe. Then he goes on to mention the titanic he refers to it as "unsinkable" and as most people know hundreds of people died when the titanic sunk a few days of leaving port. Birling's philosophy is completely different to Priestley's, Priestley believes that social change is inevitable and it will be a change for the better, where as Birling thinks that the world will stay the same and if it does change it would defiantly be for the worse.

The door bell rings when it does because Birling was just telling Ericand Geraldthat they didn't have to look after any one but themselves and their families. The Inspector appears in the play at that time to show the audience that he has come to show the Birlings the error of

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