Socialism In J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls Essay Priestly’s main aims in writing this book are to promote the idea of socialism. At the time in which the play was set, socialism was slowly becoming more dominant but the capitalist views were still the most widely acknowledged. Priestly and other writers were appalled by the living condition of the poor, inspiring them to write plays in order to promote the idea of socialism, where the rich pay higher taxes related to the amount they earn, in order to help support the poor. This whole play shows the consequences of capitalism if it was continued, as seen by the start of the Second World War, shortly after the play ended. Writing from hindsight, Priestly implies that if the old fashioned views are carried on, events similar to World War 2 will repeat themselves. The characters used in this play clearly show the opinions on socialism at that time. As Mr Birling is a successful and wealthy business man, he is reluctant to…show more content…
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