An Inspector Calls- Themes and Quotes


THEME- Social Responsibility

The theme of social resposnsibility is shown in the book in many parts of the book.

Mr.Birling- He thinks that community responsibilty is "nonsence", the intrests of business are more important than workers rights, this is the 1st issue Eva/Daisy faces.

Mrs.Birling- She believes that they have no responisbility to the working class. Her prejudices are so ingrained that they cannot be changed, this is also an issue that Eva/Daisy at the end of the book.

Shelia- She realises that having Eva/Daisy sacked out of spite was irresponsible, but she did not do any thing about it at the time. The Inspector challenges her to improve her behaviour.

Eric- He realises too late that his selfish actions were responsibe for ruining Eva/Dasiy's chances of improving her life.

THEME- Young & Old

The theme of young & old is shown at the end of the book moslty.

Old: Mr&Mrs.Birling- They didn't take any responsiblity about their part in Eva/Daisy's death, even thought Mrs.Biriling was the last of the Birlings to push her to her death as she used her power to have her claim refused.

Middle: Gerald- When he thinks the Inspector is real and is with the police, he takes full responsibilty but as soon as he goes and asks if he is a real officer, then when he goes back to the Birlings house hold and tells them he was not a real Inspector he goes on with the night as if nothing had happend and he no longer takes responsibility in what he has done.

Young: Shelia&Eric- They take responsibility no matter what situation they are in.

THEME- Social Class

The theme of social class is shown all thought the whole book.

Working Class: Eva/Daisy, she works to live and earn money. The types of jobs that the working class would have would be: factory workers, and things like that.

Middle Class: The Birlings, only the males work to earn money for the family. The typs of jobs that the middle class would have would be: lawyers, factory owners.

Upper Class: Gerald, they don't have to work loads as they inherit money from family. They will often not work or they will and it would be owners of things.

The Birlings think that social class is all that matters.

Mr. Birling QUOTES

"Giving us the port, Edna?"- Act 1

"Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable"- Act 1

"Still, I can't accept any…


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