Essay on Social Responsibility in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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Social Responsibility in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

‘An Inspector Calls’ is a play written by J.B. Priestley. It was written in 1945 after World War 2 but is set in 1912 before World War 1. The play was set before World War1 because back then there were three different classes of people, (upper, middle and lower) and each of them treat the lower class worse than their own, but Priestley wanted them to realise that different class or not we should treat each other the same. J.B. believed society should care for each other, and hoped that by writing the play people would see the error in their ways and change them. The play is set in a fictional industrial town called Brumely; it takes place
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‘She’d had a lot to say far too much so she had to go.’ He was a bit worried when the Inspector came but he changed further down the line towards the end where his reaction was that it was all a joke. ’That man definitely wasn’t a police officer at all. As Gerald says we’ve been had.’ I do not think he feels responsible, though, because when he finds out the Inspector isn’t an Inspector he says ‘This makes a difference y’know. In fact, it makes all the difference.’

Sheila is one of the most involved characters in the death of Eva/Daisy. Sheila is also one of the most sympathetic characters at the end of the play. She is the one that got Eva fired from Milwards because of her jealousy which led to her money shortage. Sheila said she was in a bad mood already so, anything would upset her, she complained to the manager that Eva was laughing at the way she couldn’t make the dress look good on her. ‘I caught a sight of her smiling at the assistant and I was furious with her. I’d been in a bad temper anyhow.’ However, after she found out Eva was dead she reacted very differently from the way she reacted when she found out Eva was laughing at her. In fact, she regretted getting her fired ‘If I could help her now I would.’ At the end of the play Sheila still feels sympathetic and guilty. ‘I still can’t forget.’ She is also ashamed of the way her parents

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