Priestley’s type of socialism

I conclude my essay, again by saying that I agree with the fact that ‘ An Inspector Calls’ is a well- made play because of the competent themes of trust, morality, love, responsibility and suspense that give the play an accurate outline of an emotional and touching story. The fast pace of the story has an effect on us because the inspector comes for enquiry before the event actually takes place. This tells us how particular characters are given a chance to change the harsh consequences in the future.

At the end of the play we are left with a total sense of that the dealings of the suicide are going to start again. This is because when the Birling family received a phone call from the police at the infirmary, in the last part of the last act, we are left thinking that when a real inspector comes to question the family, they will be more enthusiastic on telling the truth. To make the play more successful Priestly made use of irony and sarcasm. For instance we could say that when Sheila tells Gerald to tell the truth about the girl, Gerald says, ” Thanks. You’re going to be a great help, I can see.

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” This sentence that Gerald said to Sheila was simply ironic because Sheila wasn’t helping Gerald to escape from the guilt, but instead she was helping Gerald to admit the truth and take part in the guilt. Like Gerald the inspector also used irony in the play. Clearly in act one we can see that the inspector copied the words ” very awkward” from Mr. Birling. When the inspector copied these words he echoed them, this tells us that the inspector may be agreeing with Arthur, but as we read on we come to find out that the inspector is hinting out to us that what is going to happen in the future will be very awkward.

This means that the inspector will show the Birling family of how accountable they are for what they did to the girl. In the play, when the inspector is talking to each individual character, the audience sees this as if the inspector is talking to us. The theatrical irony here is that we have to ask ourselves, whether we are in a position to judge what has happened when we are probably as guilty of acting irresponsibly and unkindly as anyone on stage.

This irony strengthens the audience’s feelings that Priestley’s type of socialism is not about politics but about caring and loving. The play represents this love in a variety of thoughts, the nature of love and different peoples interpretations of love. Most of the play’s success depends upon the dramatic irony which Priestley creates. We see this in the mistaken view that Mr. Birling has about the future. Arthur thinks that his family will get away with everything but his faith in technology and belief in peace misleads him.

From here we can see that man’s responsibility can be wrong and that a man cannot always be responsible for the family’s actions. Overall I think that the play ‘ An Inspector Calls’ is a play more directed for all the audience than the characters in the play and on stage itself. ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a tender story that shows us how people have to face severe impenetrability’s at times, in order to learn and understand correct temperaments and the distinctive of a person you essentially love.