An inspector calls themes

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  • An Inspector Calls
    • Responsibility
      • Each member of the family has a different attitude to responsibility.
      • The Inspector wanted each member of the family to share the responsibility of Eva's death
      • "One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do."
      • And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, when they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.
    • Class
      • The cast has no lower class characters
      • To Mr Birling Eva Smith was just cheap labour
      • To Shelia Eva Smith was someone who could be fired out of spite
      • To Gerald Eva Smith was a mistress who could be discarded at will
      • To Eris Eva Smith was just and easy target after a night out
      • To Mrs Birling Eva Smith was a presumptuous upstart
    • Age
      • Older generation - Mr/Mrs Birling
        • They are set in their ways, utterly confident that they are right and see the young as foolish.
        • They will do anything to protect themselves: Mrs Birling lies to the Inspector when he first shows her the photograph; Mr Birling wants to cover up a potential scandal.
        • They have never been forced to examine their consciences before and find they cannot do it now
        • They have much to fear from the visit of the 'real' inspector because they know they will lose everything.
      • While Sheila and Eric accept their part in Eva's death and feel huge guilty, their parents don't admit that they have done anything wrong.
      • Younger generation - Shelia and Eric
        • open to new ideas
        • They are honest and admit their faults.
        • They see the human side of Eva's story and are very troubled by their part in it and do examine their consciences.
        • They have nothing to fear from the visit of the 'real' inspector because they have already admitted what they have done wrong, and will change.
      • Gerald is not in the younger or older generation in the way they act he is cought in the middle


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