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How does Priestley explore responsibility in An Inspector Calls? (30marks)

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How does Priestley explore responsibility in An Inspector Calls? (30marks)

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Hey, I'm doing A level English lit so I'll try and think back to GCSE! I'm just going to bullet point some lines of arguments to give you an idea:
- Mr Birling lacks social responsibility for the working class "community and all that nonsense"
- The younger generation contrast the older by taking responsibility. Once sheila realises she played a part, she tells the truth
- Mrs Birling remains biopic and refuses to take repsonsibilty. "I should think not, Eric. I am ashamed". Instead of feeling guilty, she puts the blame on her son. We know that she has no right to judge other people - her son - due to her poor treatment of Eva, she treated her just as bad.
- The Inspector wants to make everyone accept they had a part to play In the tragic death of Eva, "each of you helped kill her". You could talk about the final speech where he refers to 'Eva smiths' and 'John smiths', which reflects the play writes socialist beliefs.
- Gerald refers to Eva as 'young', 'fresh' and 'pretty' - showing that he lacks responsibility for his actions as he still only sees her as a girl who he used for his own pleasure, this highlights gender differences - compare him to Sheila.

I'm sure there are more points you could add but this is just a rough outline. Make sure you find some good quotes and focus on analysing them as it's such a massive part of the mark scheme. Put a bit of context in about J B Priestly and the Edwardian society and how it contrasts modern society and you'll be fine☺️
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How many paragraphs should I do
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At least four is recommended. State what the characters are like for starters. Find some useful quotes in each scene to use as supporting evidence to show that you have a good understanding of the entire text in question. Make a entire list for reference. Keep referring back to the original play as you write your literature essay up. Use your class notes as a source of fodder as well.
Read beyond the lines of the text to try to identify any hidden themes etc too. Again compile a list. See if you can find real life examples to quote as evidence in addition. Focus on the themes of the book. When writing up your coursework essay try to pick out interesting words to use additionally. It is a really good idea to highlight funny words in blue and note down the effect on you too.
Concentrate on why the author does things like that for additional marks. Write about how they affect you. Expand throughout your essay on the impact on top of that. Make a few fleeting references to those funny old literary techniques and devices that are completely hidden under a pile of words.
Describe in detail their powerful influence. Give the actual name. List a example of the technique and outline when and why it is being used. But mostly copy out some quotes from the set text to prove that you know what you are writing about here for instance. Consider these useful three questions as a starting point for actually developing your essay further.
Why does Sheila do that? What makes Eric say that? How is Mrs Birling a bad influence?
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