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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.

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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 confess in public his responsibility The Birling family and Gerald Croft are all lying about their lives because they act as if they are in the upper class and are successful, but deep down they know they are not. The Birlings have an attitude problem and this is what makes them different from the middle and lower class. ...read more.

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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. ...read more.

Conclusion

Priestley used this idea to get across the message that there is no escape from the responsibility of actions taken by people. Inspector Goole is trying to help the Birlings and Gerald Croft by making sure they don't repeat their mistakes. The Inspector in some respects is just the characters conscience in order to make them change their minds about life. The characters in the play do have some hope and the inspector is there to help them but only they can decide if they want to be helped. Sheila and Eric are the only characters who learnt there lesson and they would be the ones who have a hope for the future. Priestley made the inspector have a lot of authority, maybe too much but this is very clever because it makes him seem less like a real inspector and gives that feeling that tells you something is not right. ...read more.

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