Analysis of 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestly

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Analysis of 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestly

‘An Inspector Calls’ is a twentieth century drama written by J.B. Priestly in 1947 but takes place in 1912.

This story is about the Birling family celebrating their daughter, Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft. A few pages into the story, an Inspector called Goole which means ‘spirit in death’ interrogates the family and the story of Eva’s death unfolds. As it progresses each character realises their connection to her tragic death.

Behind this story there are many meanings or points that Priestly wanted to get across, especially his views on socialists and capitalists. A socialist is somebody who believes in and supports socialism or
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They didn’t have to work for a living as they were supported by earned or inherited investments. They had more power over the less rich. On the other hand the middle class are people who were never at the top or the bottom of the social hierarchy. They were less wealthy than the upper class. Then there was the working class, who were often contrasted with the middle and upper class people. They were the social class and had to rely on their wages for their labour to survive.

Priestly also talks about the Suffragettes. The suffragettes wanted the right for woman to vote and get the same equality as the men did. In the 19th century, many women campaigned peacefully for the right to vote. They organised themselves into groups, held meetings, sent petitions to parliament and tried to persuade MP’s to change the law to enable them to vote. Later on, small group of women united with other groups building a large group called The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). However the government continued to ignore the activities of the NUWSS and this resulted in violence such as burning down churches, vandalised property and shouted abused to parliament. This is why the inspector said “we are responsible for each other and I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire
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