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J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Essay

837 words - 4 pages

J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls I think that the main theme of An Inspector Calls is responsibility,
because the Inspector's questioning reveals the irresponsible
behaviour of each of the other characters in turn.

There are a lot of lies told in this play. Every character lies except
the maid. In with the lies there is also hypocrisy e.g. when Mrs
Birling told Eva Smith to " go and look for the father of the child.
It's his responsibility". She made it clear to the Inspector, not
knowing the father was her son that he should be found and "then make
sure that he's compelled to ...view middle of the document...

Mrs Birling thinks
that she is right and cannot be wrong because of this high class she
thinks she is in. She is the cruel snob of society.

Gerald Croft is probably slightly less of a liar in some respects
because he is in the upper class but not very high in it, his father
owns a very large business called Crofts LTD. In other ways he is even
more of a cheat than the others because he had an affair and he said
he was working, but at least it was for a good reason because he was
the one who was actually looking after Eva Smith (or as he knew her
Daisy Renton). Gerald is the upper class person who thinks that
because of who they think they can do what they want.

Eric lied when he stole money from his father's office because he told
the secretary or whoever was around that he was allowed to take it.
Also he was giving the money to Eva Smith and not telling her that it
was stolen and then got angry when she refused it (she had found out
one night when he was drunk). He is the sort of person in society who
ends up on the streets with no home or money because of their
excessive drinking. He will eventually ruin his life and he will
regret it deeply later in life, as he is only young.

The whole family in general symbolises a whole society each one
represents a different part...

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