inspector quote: "one eva smith has gone...and what we think and say and do"
- collective responsibility
- everyone linked - same way characters linked to eva smith
- "one body"- society more important than individual interests
- spokesman for priestly getting across his socialist views
adds clear warning to what would happen if we ignore our responsibility:
"and i tell you that the time will soon come...taught in fire and blood and anguish"
- all characters have either accepted responsibilty and learnt (young)
- or not and ignored and denied resposibilty (old)
sex and class
- each individual has there own outlook on Eva Smith of the lower class at both the start and end of the play.
- Eva was a woman- no status
- no social securtiy and few job options open to women
- Mr Birling dissmissive: "we were paying the usual rates..."
- Gerald: "young and fresh and charming" (someone to take advantage of)
- Mrs Birling: saw eva a presumptious upstart (know it all) finding little excuses to not give her a respectful amount money like the charitiy usually did to women. only offered her small amount that Eva turned down.
- utterly confident that they are right
- see the young as foolish
- want to protect themselves
- never before have been forced to examine consequences (upper class)
- much to fear- will lose everything
- deny responsibilty
- open to new ideas- express sympathy to workers
- honest and admit their faults
- examen their consciences
- nothing to fear as will admit what they did wrong and willing to change
- accept responsibilty as a whole
capitalism VS socialism
upper class VS lower class
young VS old
individuals VS society
men VS women
acceptance VS denial