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We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." Discuss the theme of responsibility in an inspector calls.

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"We are all members of one body. We are responsible for each other." Discuss the theme of responsibility in an inspector calls. Every member of our society should be equivalent and adjusted to each other. Other people's actions, suggestions and reactions make a considerable difference to our lives. This has great significance and concludes that we need to care about each other. The playwright of "An Inspector Calls", J.B. Priestley, wrote this play for several essential and specific reasons. One of the key ideas was based on the theme of responsibility. In this essay, I have focused on the same ideas. Furthermore, I will carefully analyse and compare two very contrasting character in the play. I have chosen to do my research and comparison on Mrs Birling and Sheila Birling. And to help me analyse them I will use quotes from the play. "An Inspector Calls" is a play, which was written by John Boynton Priestley in 1945 (set in 1912), and was staged in the theatre on the 1st of October 1946. Priestley uses the play as an example of what can happen if we ignore the feelings of others. Priestley believed a great deal in socialism and used the play to influence people to be socialists. "An Inspector Calls" is a play about a family called the 'Birlings'. One day, they were celebrating the engagement of their only daughter, Sheila, while they were enjoying themselves; an inspector approaches their house and turns the joyful and thrilling night into misery. ...read more.


I fell this because she tries to change the subject of the talk to herself. Arthur (Mr Birling) says "I do not think you ought to talk business on an occasion like this" and Sheila states "Neither to I. All wrong." When the Inspector arrives he uses different interrogation approaches to get his answers from his suspects. Sheila responds to the Inspector in a very honest way. After coming back into the room, she is very sincere with everybody. Sheila answers her questions and queries as honestly as she can, she is genuinely sorry for what she did to Eva Smith and contributing to her death, "Yes but it didn't seem to be anything very terrible at the time. Don't you understand? And if I could help her now I would." After her confession, Sheila is eager for everybody to confess to what they supposedly did to Eva Smith. When questioned, Sheila breaks into tears. When questioned, Sheila and Eric have broken down and confessed for their indecency after being just asked a few questions. Sheila was shown a picture of the girl, which she had fired, from Millwards. She recognizes the picture and runs out of the room sobbing. She comes back in and says, "You knew it was me all the time, didn't you?" This clearly shows that Sheila is an honest girl. Sybil on the other hand answers the Inspector's questions with very short and few word answers. The inspector shows her a photo and says, "Do you recognize her?" ...read more.


It leaves us pondering whether the Inspector was some kind of spirit warning towards the Birlings. This adds to the dramatic tension of the play. I think the play was a success in making it dramatic and that issues such as homelessness and refugees have changed since the play was written but still has the same effect on the audience. I think the moral of the play has contributed greatly. Think of the least unfortunate and the Birlings, and carefully analyse how both were treated. This play would challenge the audience with their moral beliefs of right and wrong. If you have done something wrong then the play makes you think about it and what you should do if you are in this situation again. The important thing is to try and correct it because it might just blow out of portion. This is shown well in the play when Sheila realises that she should have said something about Eric's drinking problem as it is the main reason that he got involved in this situation. The main purpose of the play is that it wants people to improve on, to have more consideration for everybody and life does not revolve around money but compassion for others. Another message is underlined throughout the play is that all classes have different wealth but when it comes to feelings and sensitivities, we are all equal. The final message of the play is a plea for changes, a change in human nature first, then society. People have to learn that private behaviour has public outcomes. The play was correct. English Coursework Kesh Munbauhal 1 An Inspector Calls ...read more.

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