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Think about how the Inspector in particular has to do with this theme, and consider how the past actions of individual characters build the scenario of Eva’s death, the interrogations and judgments of the present, and the Inspector’s warning about the future. Does the news put a kind of bracket around the rest of the play that gives the whole episode with the Inspector a new meaning.
That tension is kept by making a statement and making the Birling’s finish off the story, telling him what has been going on.
Taking the play from a socialist perspective inevitably focuses on issues of social class.
Class is a large factor, indirectly, in the events of the play and Eva Smith’s death. Birling, Priestley notes, is her husband’s social superior, just as Gerald will be Sheila’s social superior if they do get married.
GCSE English Literature Unit 1: An Inspector Calls. How does Priestley present ideas about responsibility in An Inspector Calls.
The use of character is also very reliant upon the language, but without one of them – there’s no play.
Had she never known Eric, she would never have needed to go to the charity commission.
This series of events is closely associated with Priestley’s fascination with time and how things in time cause or are caused by others.