How does Priestley present his ideas of society through the character of the inspector
Para 1- Inspectors intro
Para 3 -inspector and Sheila
Para 4 - Final speeches
Para 5 - Conclusion
Could you give briefly developed topics to talk about in each para and I'll develop it further. I want to finish it tonight but I need help. Thank you
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- Thread Starter
- 09-11-2015 17:47
- 11-11-2015 23:07
If you wanted to finish this a few days ago then this thread is probably useless to you now, but I'll give you a few ideas regardless. I did this just before the summer holidays in Year 10 but because I set my own work out slightly different and I don't have any of my notes with me (they're all at school) I can't give you ideas for all the paragraphs or go too in depth.
Inspector -> The Inspector is basically Priestley's mouthpiece for how he thinks society needs to be. He has socialist opinions (left-wing, sort of like Labour) just like Priestley and this can be seen basically wherever he talks about how society needs to look after the weak and things along those lines. Furthermore, the way he leaves but another Inspector apparently visits after the play has ended can be interpreted as Priestley's way of warning that if society doesn't change, much like Mr Birling, Mrs Birling and Gerald didn't change then the same tragedies such as Eva Smith's death will not stop.
Mr Birling -> Priestley uses Mr Birling as the voice of capitalism which is right-wing (think of David Cameron and the Conservatives) and deliberately makes him seem foolish, selfish and ignorant as a way of pointing out how wrong that way of thinking is. His ignorance is clear when at one point he tells Eric that there is no way that a war will happen, but because the play was written and first performed after the world wars the audience know he is wrong and most likely form an instant dislike for him. I can't remember the exact speeches, but if you read the script then you will see that Mr Birling's speeches are actually the exact opposite to the Inspector's and that the Inspector shuts down a lot of Mr Birling's right-wing ideas.
Sheila -> Sheila starts off right-wing like her father which is probably due to her well-off upbringing so she knows no better. An important thing to note is that she is from a younger generation and it's always the younger generations that can adapt to sudden changes easier than their parents which is why when discussing her part in Eva Smith's death she immediately regrets her actions and gains more socialist views, often saying how she wishes she could take it back throughout the play, This can also be seen in Eric. She almost becomes a second Inspector, interrogating the other members of her family and trying to point out why they're wrong. Lastly, even when they find out that the Inspector is not who he said he was, she still feels a deep regret for what she has done which signifies the part of society that can change: the younger generation. The only exception to this younger generation rule is Gerald because he is of a higher class (aristocracy I think, his parents are Lord and Lady Croft) so while he does regret his actions at first, he soon returns to his original views when he finds that nothing bad will happen to him because of it.
Final Speeches -> I don't know much about Birling's speeches, but I know a bit more about the Inspector's. He mentions something about how that if society does not change, they will experience "blood, fire and anguish". This is Priestley's knowledge of the world wars that occurred after the play was set and is an example of dramatic irony because the audience also know it happens. You could also try and mention how that society didn't learn from the first world war and so history repeated itself in the second world war, so the warning still stands that if society doesn't change then more disasters ("blood, fire and anguish") are to come.
Hopefully this gave you some ideas if you still need them. I'm sorry I don't have many specific details but like I said, all my notes are at school and since I finished this assessment I've done another 2 so everything is gone from my head.
- 12-11-2015 18:02
Eva is to blame of the play !!
- 12-11-2015 21:54
I've already done my controlled assessments on an Inspector Calls and I got full marks for it, but I'm still curious.