The Theme Of Responsibility In An Inspector Calls

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Register to read the introduction… Mr. Birling is oblivious to the word ‘responsibility’, his mind seems to reject it as he believes that people should care only for themselves, even as the inspector was questioning him he denies everything and still keeps his childish behaviour. Piestly finds Mr. Birling’s ideals to be insulting and he wrote this play to fight against these sorts of people.

Mrs. Birling (Sybil) being Mr. Birling’s ‘social superior’ always tries to correct him ‘Arthur’; you’re not supposed to say such things’. Mrs. Birling seems to always put up an act around people who are not members of the family. She is a traditional woman, who believes that a woman’s place is at home, to look afters her husband and children, despite the way her ideals work, she is not close to her children at all, as we later find out that she hardly knows her children, she is quite oblivious towards her surrounds. Her constant nagging and putting others down at the start of the play creates a disliking for character already. She is snobbish and polite in such a way, that it is rude. She is a very hypocritical woman, and we find the extreme extent to her hypocrite. She begins by building a
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I feel that Eric is my second favourite character as he, like Sheila accepts his responsibility for the death of Eva Smith, although, Eric did not feel as much guilt as Sheila did, even though his crime was worse. I can somewhat relate to Eric and I think that people like
Sheila and Eric are the hope for a new society, just like Priestly’s ideals. My attitude towards Gerald is that, like Mr. and Mrs. Birling, I dislike him. Priestly’s message was to change, he knew the adults were stuck in their own reality and will never change so he puts his hope into the children. However, Priestly also knew that some of the children like the adults will not agree with his ideals, which is where Gerald comes in. Gerald is just like Mr. Birling as he does not think that he has done anything wrong. For these reason I dislike him.

J. B. Priestly’s message (told via the inspector) tells us that we should have collective responsibility, and share our duties equally between us all. Do we really want to live in a world where those of higher class choose our fate, or do we want to choose our own fate?
His message is still relevant today, as I think we still live in

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