Responsibility - An Inspector Calls

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  • Responsibility in 'An Inspector Calls'
    • Elders of the family have none towards others.
    • Gerald is somewhere in the middle of the incident.
    • Younger family members feel more responsibility than elders.
    • The last act of the play provides a fascinating portrait of the way that people can let themselves off the hook.
    • If one message of the play is that we must all care more thoroughly about the general welfare, it is clear that the message is not shared by all.
    • Priestley explicitly draws out the difference between those who have accepted their responsibility and those who have not.
    • Responsibility itself is a central theme of the play.
    • "they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish."
    • "their suffering and chance of happiness, all interwined with our lives"
    • 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
    • "each of you helped to kill her." - The Inspector


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