Social Responsibility in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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An Inspector Calls "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." What is Priestley's main aim in `An inspector calls`? How successfully does he achieve it. In `An inspector calls` by J.B Priestley, the writers aim is reflected into this quote, "We don't live alone. We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." Meaning that we are not isolated, we all live in one community and we are all collectively responsible for each other, our actions affects the people around us. We can be independent in the society we live in, but only to a certain extent. Priestley's main aim was perhaps to make an audience aware that no one person can live in a society without being…show more content…
He believes that world wars are a waste of money and there?s nothing to gain from them. Only the lower classes could agree to them. Arthur Birling`s treatment of Eva Smith, reflects in his role, in society as a hard headed business man. ?They wanted the rates raised so they could average about twenty-five shillings a week. I refused of course?. Eva smith was a hard worker in his company, but Birling fired her as she demanded for a pay rise and was one of the main ring leaders. Birling didn?t take notice on what would happen to Eva smith after she left his works, and what happened to her after that, and what would lead her to suicide. A chain of events which he had started. Which reflects on Priestleys main aim, our actions affect people around us. Arthur Birling cannot accept his responsibility for his treatment of Eva Smith. ?I cant accept my responsibility. If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everyone, we?d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn?t it?? Birling is a character who doesn?t believe in community, he believes that everyone has to take their own responsibility and look after themselves, Priestly shows how unsuccessful a community is if a person believes that they have no responsibly for others in that society. Priestly possibly wanted to show an audience this, so they could reflect on themselves on how they view responsibly and, also on Priestleys main aim. Sybil Birling is her husbands social
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