Responsibility In An Inspector Calls By J. B. Priestley

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In An Inspector calls, there are many themes discussed but the main theme is responsibility. The author, J.B Priestley aim was to make an audience aware that no one can live in a society without being responsible for other who lives in the same society. We all live in one community and we are all responsible for each other, our action does affect the people’s life around us. Firstly, throughout the text, there are many ways to presents the theme of responsibility and one of them is the different views of society presented by Mr. Birling and the Inspector. The Inspector tells Mr. Birling “We are responsible for each other. And I tell you the time will come soon when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.” (pg 56) He tells what could happen if some members in the family ignore their responsibility. Birling tells his family that “A man has to make his own way – has to look after himself.” (pg 9) In using phrases such as “Fire and blood and…show more content…
birling’s house when they were talking about his daughter’s engagement party, Sheila Birling who owns a successful business. She is one of the strong characters out of the five with a negative effect on Eva smith’s life. “I don’t suppose I’d have done it. But she was very pretty and looked as if she could take care of herself. I couldn’t be sorry for her.” (pg 24) In this time, this can be seen that Sheila was very responsible for what she had done to Eva smith as she is the reason for that girl to get rid from Milwards because of her jealousy towards her. Through words such as “Sorry for her”, she is very guilty for what she did. The fact that there are members in the family who knows their responsibility shows that in this society, the author is telling us that they are people who also care for those that they had affected in their lives. Through this, it has also show the mature, honest and truthful side of Sheila
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