Class is a central theme in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ and directly impacts how the characters relate to and treat each other - the Birlings are snubbed by the Crofts, Mrs Birling is ‘her husband’s social superior’, both the Birlings and Gerald Croft mistreat and take advantage of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton on account of her lower social status.
Class was also an incredibly important theme for Priestley, whose experiences of growing up in industrial Bradford and of fighting in the First World War opened his eyes to the destructive power that such rigid social hierarchies can have on people’s lives and opportunities. Through the play’s plot and by exploring the exploitation of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton, Priestley seeks to challenge the social institutions and societal values that place excessive significance on an individual’s socio-economic background and class, at the expense of their identity as a fellow human.
Join us for a one-hour conversation in which we will provide ideas and activities for helping students discuss the topic of class in the play in a supportive and reflective way. There will be the opportunity to discuss and share experiences with other teachers in breakout rooms.
This event is aimed at teachers in the UK.
Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.