Inspector Calls Characters and Themes

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  • Inspector Calls
    • Themes
      • Compassion / Considerationfor others
        • Inspector encourages compassion for Eva Smith from audience
          • Perceived as young innocent victim
        • Older generation feel no compassion, Younger do
          • Mr. B. doesn't care about her
            • Refuses to accept any responsibility
          • Younger Gen. regret what they did
            • Have changed their attitude, not going to repeat it
          • Mrs. B. is prejudiced against her for no real reason
            • Doesn't care about her case / story at all
            • Mr. B. doesn't care about her
              • Refuses to accept any responsibility
        • No-one thinks of what it is like for her
          • Only look after themselves
            • "has to look after himself - and him family too, of course" Mr B
          • Boys take advantage of vunerable young girl
          • Girls ruin her life for virtually no reason
            • She had done nothing but call herself Mrs Birling / smile at an assistant
          • No-one thinks of the consequences on her life
            • Her life has been virtually ruined by them
              • Just to make themselves feel slightly better about themselves
      • Consequences
        • No-one thinks of the consequences on her life
          • Her life has been virtually ruined by them
            • Just to make themselves feel slightly better about themselves
        • There are mental consequences
          • Younger Gen. feel bad for what they have done
          • Her life is bad enough to commit suicide
        • Monetary Consequences, esp Eric
          • He had to provide money to support his child
          • Mr. B. may have lost money due to losing a good worker
    • Characters
      • Eva Smith
        • Lower class
          • Good worker
            • Only fired for wanted more wages
          • Looked down upon
            • Fired for merely asking
            • Unlucky
        • Always the victim
          • Despite suicide, portrayed as murder
        • Not the only one like this
          • Millions more out there
      • Mr Birling
        • Capitalist
          • Doesn't care about others
            • Looks after himself and his family
            • Doesn't care about even good workers - fires them quickly
            • Feels no remorse
            • Contrasts with Socialism - everyone cares about everyone
              • Priestley a Socialist
            • Doesn't want to take the hit
          • Represent capitalism in Socialism vs. Capitalism debate
            • Priestley a Socialist
          • Self-Made Man
        • Doesn't care about others
          • Looks after himself and his family
          • Doesn't care about even good workers - fires them quickly
          • Feels no remorse
          • Contrasts with Socialism - everyone cares about everyone
            • Doesn't want to take the hit
          • Stuck in his ways
            • Not going to change just because of Inspector
            • Young vs. Old
            • Doesn't care once it won't get out
          • Doesn't fit in
            • Rejected his natural social class (lower)
            • His new class rejects him
              • Sir + Lady Croft don't attend
        • Eric
          • Learns his lesson
            • More than just material losses
            • Similar to Sheila - younger gen.
            • Doesn't use women anymore
            • Does what he can to sort it out
              • Feels remorse
          • Feels emotions, seemingly unlike his parents
            • Feels remorse
            • Sad that his child is dead, despite being unwanted
            • Sense of responsibility
              • Does what he can to sort it out

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