Analysis Of Priestley 's ' An Inspector Calls '

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Predominantly, I agree that Priestley’s message is still valid in today’s society, although perhaps not to the same extent as it was when the play was first written, on account of the changes that have occurred in the interim period. The message of ‘An Inspector Calls’ surrounds the themes of collective responsibility and equality to improve the lives of everyone. In a world still struggling with poverty, conflict and social divide, I think that it is inevitable that parallels between what Priestley is trying to say and real global problems can be drawn, leading to the conclusion of many that the play is, in fact, ‘timeless’.
In his final speech to the Birlings, the Inspector explicitly tells the both the family and the audience that “we are all responsible for each other”. Responsibility is a theme that has come up again and again in the play, with most if not all of the characters talk about it at some point or another. From his entrance, Priestley has made it clear that the Inspector is to serve as more of a device or a mouthpiece of the socialist viewpoint, than as a developed character, so as we near the end of the play, it is very clear to the audience that Priestley’s socialist message is that we all have a responsibility to each other and to the world we live in, and if we neglect it, we will bring suffering onto ourselves and those around us. Indeed, as the speech progresses, the Inspector talks to the consequences being “fire and blood and anguish”. This could be…
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