"An Inspector Calls": How does Priestly introduce the theme of responsibility to the audience in Act 1 of An Inspector calls?

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OpeningThe style of Prestlies play seems at a first glance to be that of a straightforward, detective thriller, but as the inspector arrives with announcement of Eva smiths death, and the involvement of each members of the family is progressively established. The structure becomes that of a wodnut, with the inspector slowly unraveling the history of Eva Smith. The audiences interest is sustained not only by progressively revelations but their desire to find out whom ultimately, was responsible for driving Eva smith to suicide. Paragraph 1During the 1930's Priestley became very concerned about the consequences of social inequality in Britain, and in 1942 Priestley and some others set up a new political party, the Common Wealth Party that…show more content…
Overall Birlings reaction to the inspector is very different to the other characters reactions. Instead of being affected by the confrontation with inspector over the effects his actions had caused, he was more angered by the inspectors presence. This was due to loss of control he had when the inspector entered. After loosing his control and authority Birling becomes intermediated and threatened and this resulted in him speaking rudely and snapping at the inspector. Another way in which Birlings selfish character comes across is how he treats his daughters engagement party. He claims the party "is one of the happiest nights of my life." But is this because Sheila will be happy, or perhaps its down to a merger with Crofts Limited will be good for his business. Paragraph 5Shelia is affected by the inspectors questions in the similar way to her brother Eric. Unlike the other characters, instead of pushing the blame away, they both take reasonability for their actions and regret what theyd done. Shelia is very dramatic and emotional person, this especially unfolds when she confronts what she did and begins to cry so much she has to leave the room. She is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible. At the end of the play, Sheila is much has become much more wiser. She can now judge her parents

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