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Explain the importance of responsibilty and community of An Inspector calls

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Explain the importance of responsibility and community of 'An inspector calls' An inspector calls is a morality play. It was written to teach not just the characters but also the audience his views of a socialist which is that `you should look after each other'. Mr. Birling's view is `look after yourself only'. `An inspector calls' is based around a dinner party being held at Mr. Birling's house to celebrate the engagement of Sheila and Gerald Croft. The inspector enters the scene as Mr. Birling is in the middle of a talk he is saying to Eric and Gerald. He was talking about how there wont be a war because there is too much to loose now days and there is a new ship being built called the titanic and how it is `unsinkable'. The information that Mr. Birling is saying is obviously wrong. We know that there is a war and that the titanic does sink. The inspector enters and asks the whole family questions about a girl called Eva Smith. He only leaves after he has finished asking questions. ...read more.


She believes she has a social responsibility to uphold morality. Mrs. Birling is a woman who cares more for her status than the people she is meant to be helping. To increase her prestige she is the chairwoman of a charity committee. This makes her look more powerful. During the play she abuses her power and this leads to her abusing her responsibility. A quote to show this is `she seemed to me to be not a good case-and so I used my influence to have it refused.' This was when Eva Smith went to the woman's charity seeking help but Mrs. Birling refused her on the account that se used the name Mrs. Birling and she thought that she was insulting her. After the inspector had asked all of his questions she assumed that she may have had something to do with her death. After she had realized that it wasn't a real inspector she believed that she had nothing to do with her death. Eric displays immature behaviour throughout the play for example he secretly drunk without his parents knowing. ...read more.


He conducts his interrogation to suggest he knows those who will benefit most from this message. Those who decide to resist his ideas are seen to come off worst. And example of this is Mrs. Birling who starts talking about the father of the child who is most responsible not knowing that it was Eric. Sheila insists for her to stop but she doesn't. A quote to show this is, `I blame the younger man who was father of the child she was going to have. If, as she said, he didn't belong to her class, and was some drunken young idler, then all the more reason why he shouldn't escape. He should be made an example of. If the girl's death is due to anyone, then it's due to him.' His final speech about Eva Smith was not only aimed at the characters but also the audience. His intentions are to make us all identify and think of the possible consequences of out actions. Priestly establishes clear character types so we know who to trust before the inspector arrives. We know not to trust Mr. Birling's judgement. He uses the inspector as an instrument to uncover the family's involvement and expose their guilt. By Andrew Petrakas LVW ...read more.

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