- Generation Gap
- Mr B remains untouched by the Inspector’s words and still holds the values he had at the beginning of the play (p. 6).
questioning leads the audience to see how snobbishness, spite, and
prejudice blind people such as the older Birling’s to the wrongs in their
- 'Girls of that class -” Mrs B ,this demonstrates that she was prejudice towards the girl whereby due to her class and her position she was therefore not eligible to deserve any money from the charity,
- The parents’ moral obtuseness is countered by a sense of guilt and an openness to correction in the hearts of their children. Thus, Priestley dramatizes both the failure and the hope of the empathic imagination.
- 'now look at the pair of them-the famous younger generation who know it all'-mr B
- 'Sheila don't talk nonsense'- MrsB
- “I'm Mrs Birling, y'know” by patronising the Inspector she's reminding him of her status
- their attitudes revolve around protecting their own social status whereby do not seem to care for anyone but themselves and their family
- “I think she had only herself to blame.”
is readier than the others to admit her guilt and express her regret to her
- She makes minimal effort to excuse herself from her behaviour
- After the inspector leaves she still remembers the story and still feels sorrow
- she still thinks older behaved in an unsuitable manner. She learns to be responsible even to those less fortunate than her.
- "really responsible". She is very perspective and is becoming more mature.
- Sheila is readier than the others to admit her guilt and express her regret to her actions.
- Once the Inspector has gone and the Birling’s are able to behave more freely
- Priestley creates a dramatic situation for maximum impact.
- Priestley has set them against each other intentionally
- He is addressing his audience, saying that if society is to change it is the younger generation who will make the difference.