How Is Responsibility Presented in an Inspector Calls

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The older generation can be exemplified through Mrs Birling, Mrs Birling and Gerald, their attitudes revolve around protecting their own social status whereby do not seem to care for anyone but themselves and their family, this can be recognised when the Inspector reveals all about Eva Smith, and their reaction to this awful death, even though they are involved, seems to be non-existent, through evidence from the inspector, they still persist that they haven 't participated to this death. They are completely unsympathetic towards the girl and take no responsibility for their actions as their domineering behaviour makes them feel as if they have done nothing wrong this can be shown when Mrs Birling states “I think she had only herself to…show more content…
Already she is starting to change. 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". She is very perspective and is becoming more mature. Her behaviour contrasts with her parents; her social conscience has been awakened and she is aware of her responsibilities.
We see that Mr and Mrs Birling are more embarrassed at being found out for their thoughtless treatment of Eva Smith rather than regretting what happened to her as a consequence. Mr Birling is more concerned with losing his knighthood than a young girl losing her life. Mrs Birling appears not to believe that someone like Eva, a 'lower class ' person, could even have feelings, let alone need them taking into account.
Eric and Sheila show us hope in the future generation being more humanitarian. Eric may be a drunken fool on the outside, but he did try to provide for Eva, and certainly took the Inspector 's words to heart. Sheila is comfortable in discussing and revealing the hidden faults which are ignored in their circle; for example Eric 's drunkenness and the Alderman 's lascivious ways. She sees through the Inspector 's message that honesty, clarity and sensitivity are the true values of society
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