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    The comedy The Government Inspector was the first of its kind. It was a comedy made up of realistic characters meant to comment on society and promote change. The front page of Nikolai Gogol’s work begins with a popular saying, “If your face is askew don’t blame the mirror.” This quote sets up his purpose and message quite aptly. Gogol wanted his play to be a reflection of real life in Russia so his audience could see the skewness of Russian life. As a scholar once noted about Gogol, “His is the…

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    legitimacy of the inspectors lessons. During this time we see the divide between the older and younger members of the Birling family, and how they choose to accept or hide their responsibility. During the Inspectors speech, he states that “We are not alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other.” This lecture to the Birlings outlines the central theme of…

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    At the start of the play the Birling family is celebrating happily Sheila's engagement to Gerald Croft. However, the mood changes when Inspector Goole arrives and informs them about the suicide of a young woman named Eva Smith. Sheila Birling is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Birling is described at the start as "a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited", most probably because of her engagement to Gerald Croft. Her hopes and plans for the future are to have a…

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    appeal among contemporary activists . If it is in fact standard to say, as I think it is, that everyone can trace this work back to the figure of the Factory Inspector Leonard Horner as described by Marx in “The Working Day” in Capital, we also owe it to Marx to note his criticisms of Horner, but also his recognition that the factory inspectors were an innovation on the part of capital. Towards the very end of his life, Marx declared as much in a short notice in La Revue Socialiste April 20,…

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