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The Inspector Calls Social responsibility is a key theme in the play An Inspector Calls. How do the characters react when asked to accept their share of social responsibility and what does this suggest about the society Priestly in writing about? The Inspector Calls is a play written by J.B Priestly in 1945 and first produced in London in 1946. The play reflects Priestly's socialist views, it also shows how you should be responsible for your own actions. This play was set in 1912 and takes place in the Birling household. The main characters consist of the Birling family, Inspector Goole and Eva Smith, Eva Smith having been connected to every one of the Birling's, after having committed suicide. The play gives out the message of social responsibility, this means being responsible for one another's actions. In this essay I will be talking about, how the characters of the play were connected to Eva Smith and what emotions they go through for the duration of the play. How they react to being accused and finally how their attitude changed from when they were accused, to when they finally confessed. ...read more.


"I caught sight of this girl smiling at Miss Francis - as if to say: doesn't she look awful? - And I was absolutely furious" In a way Sheila is very much like her father, not socially responsible. Sheila comes over as a very nice girl who loses her temper at the wrong moments and is occasionally immature at times. Sheila felt somewhat responsible for Eva's death "I felt rotten about it at the time and I now feel a lot worse" She took responsibility almost instantly and was the only member of the family to take responsibility for her own actions, she felt guilty, and throughout the rest of the play she tried to make everyone own up to their connections and causes to Eva's death. Though saying Sheila was responsible for her actions, and confessing up to what she had done, the was partly responsible for her suicide, and wasn't socially responsible for it. She was able to bribe her way into getting Eva sacked, over a pointless immature moment, she didn't think what effects this might've had on Eva and others. Sheila is very selfish and possessive over soon to be husband Gerald. ...read more.


Sybil started to get frustrated and as Sheila tries to make her see sense... "Remember before you start accusing me of anything again that it wasn't I who had her turned out of her employment - which probably began it all". Sybil and Husband Arthur are very well suited, both passing the blame onto anyone but themselves, even their own children, if that results to not having any blame on them, her only concern is for her own well-being. Mrs Birling is one of the older generation, doesn't let her guard down, the younger generation tend to brake down easier and they want the family to learn from their mistakes and be socially responsible. The older generation however isn't sorry... "There's every excuse for what your mother and I did" This play is based around social responsibility, the younger generation are more in-control of what they've done and are accepting the responsibility and consequences. J.B Priestly was making morals, what to do and what not to do. He made it clear that you have to be socially responsible. "One Eva Smith has gone, but there are millions of Eva Smith's and John Smiths still with us". "You'll be able to divide the responsibility between you". ...read more.

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