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Discuss the way in which responsibility is dealt with in An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls - An Essay By Tauqir Sharif In this essay I will discuss the way in which responsibility is dealt with in the play. I will also attempt to give evidence to show how the play is concerned with the way our actions effect others in society. At the start of the play the scene is set in the dining room of a fairly large suburban house, belonging to a prosperous manufacturer. This man is known as Arthur Birling. Birling is a heavy looking man in his middle fifties, he and his family are celebrating the engagement of his daughter Sheila Birling. Before the doorbell rings Birling is talking about his individualistic philosophy about the developing world he believes that he is a "hardheaded practical business man" and that unlike the socialists you should only take care of your own. Birling also predicts many things and he is wrong about all of them. He says "the titanic" has every luxury and is "unsinkable". He also says "there isn't a chance of war". "The worlds developing so fast that it'll make war impossible". We know that all of Birling's ideas are incorrect. I think that the playwright J.B Priestly does this to give Birling an unreliable character because he doesn't agree with these views of individualism. ...read more.

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Gerald meets Daisy in the Palace theatre where Alderman Meggarty is harassing her. He rescues her and convinces her to come to his place for a chat. She does and Gerald finds out that she is desperate and needs a place to stay so he lets her stay at Morgan Terrace. After a couple of days he takes advantage of her and he sets her up as his mistress. Daisy is truly in love with him but he does not share the same feelings. When he eventually breaks up with Daisy she is emotionally scarred and doesn't know what to do. Although Gerald is truly remorseful he does not consider his responsibilities towards Daisy or the consequences of his actions. His withdrawal of love makes Daisy feel hopeless and she again returns to prostitution. Although Gerald was probably fond of Daisy, there was never going to be any future in their relationship because of the differences in class. Gerald was the son of Lord and Lady Croft and would be expected to marry someone of similar social standing. This was more important in the early 1900�s. Even Arthur Birling feels socially smaller and hints about a possible knighthood to increase his own reputation. ...read more.

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He saw her as a troublemaker and it was Arthur's job to keep everything organised and running smoothly. His actions were probably understandable at that moment in time when the interests of the employees were not considered. I think that Mrs. Birling is the worst character as it is Mrs. Birlings heartless thoughts that make her actions seem even worse. She stubbornly refuses to admit any fault and although she is shocked by Eric's involvement she never shows any authentic sorrow. In fact she believes she behaved acceptably and "did" her "duty" in turning away an undeserving claim. She is typical of the sort of women involved in charitable societies at the time. Priestly criticises them for being in committees merely to ease their own consciences to a certain extent than out of a genuine desire to help. I think that the younger generation Eric and Sheila show genuine remorse for their actions unlike the older generation their parents. I think J.B Priestly does this to give the readers and overall message that change will come from the young and not the old. I think that he also believes that all people are equal and people shouldn't treat each other badly. I think he wants life after the Second World War to be better than before it. He wants his readers to understand this and make the world a better place. ...read more.

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