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An Inspector Calls

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Louis Hardman

on 5 February 2015

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Transcript of An Inspector Calls

To understand the fundamental elements of Marxism.
To perceive how it links in to feminist theory and readings.
To begin to think about how they can enrich our reading of An Inspector Calls.
Bourgeoisie: Owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labour.
Proletariat: Wage labourers, who having no means of production on their own, are reduced to selling their labour power in order to live
Patriarchy: A social system by which men (and in particular the father) hold power.
Commodity: Marketable item produced to satisfy wants or needs

Let's Look at some Marx
'...not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to weild those weapons - the modern working class, the proletariat'

'The bourgeoisie furnishes the proletariat with weapons for fighting themselves'

You have a few minutes to discuss these quotes in your pairs, think about:
What weapon have the 'bourgeoisie' of AIC given the inspector?
What are the reactions of the Birlings and how do they differ (from capitulation to destruction)?
What do we already know?
In pairs you have 1 minute to discuss what you already know about Marxism:
Who is the philosopher behind Marxism?
What are his main theories concerning society?
How does this link to AIC?

What about feminism?
How can we formulate a feminist reading of the text?
An Inspector Calls
Marxism & Feminism
Your turn:
Have a look at the sheets I am handing out.

In pairs fill in your chosen subject ready to feedback at the end
Within An Inspector Calls Priestley suggests that the society of 1912's industrialism was unjust, being skewed in the favour of the capitalist middle class. This often came at the detriment and oppression of the working labour force whose lives were dictated by the whims of the upper class and the oscillation of the price market. Mr. Birling is placed in the role of the bourgeoisie and presented with a cold unfeeling approach to social responsibility. He refused Eva Smith a small pay increase that would of 'added about 12 percent to our labour costs'.
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