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Do you think any of the characters in this play behaved responsibly?

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Introduction

Do you think any of the characters in this play behaved responsibly? During the course of the play the audience notice a sudden change in some of the characters attitude and you can see that they begin to feel sympathy for Eva's suicide. Eric is introduced to the audience as a young and immature person .The language used by Eric 'Junkie' , 'squiffy' proves that he is a heavy drinker. As the play progresses this very fact that Eric is a heavy drinker is revealed to the audience. When the Inspector reveals the news about Eric that he was the father of Eva's unborn child, the whole family including Mrs Birling find's it difficult to believe. Mrs - 'Oh Eric- how could you?' ...read more.

Middle

Priestley makes the inspector such a powerful and stable character so that he can divert the audience's beliefs and morals. Sheila is genuinely remorseful at Eva's death ' but these girls aren't cheap labour, they're people'. Sheila believes in equality. Her language is less sophisticated unlike Arthur and Sybil Birling who are really bothered about social status, which is shown by their use of elevated attitude. Sheila attitude changes later she is deeply affected by the Inspector Goole's words. This show's the audience the moral is only accepted by the children who Seem to be more influential on the parents rather than the parents on the children. Mr Birling is introduced as an arrogant, pompous and a shallow man who refuses to accept responsibility for Eva's death. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr and Mrs Birling see no reason why they should have to accept the Inspector's knowledge when they are socially superior to the Inspector. Gerald at first was seen as considerate and someone who had morals. He helped Eva's Smith out of a disgraceful situation and lent her some keys to a room. Until he thought he had enough and so he decided to leave her all by her self. This shows the audience he has acted irresponsible for his actions and as the play progresses his character becomes less sympathetic and considerate. By the end o the play only some of the characters feel more responsible due to the Inspectors long speeches in the final act. Whereas Arthur and Sybil Birling remain to behave as if nothing had happened and there had whatsoever no connection with Eva Smith's death. Nafisa Patel 10GA ...read more.

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