An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley The inspector wants to show and teach the Birlings that they are responsible for how they affect the lives of others (Eva Smith). The inspector tries to make the family clear that each uncaring behaviour can produce serious consequences. While the children Sheila and Erik notice and then admit their heartless acting, their parents just see their legal innocence and do not accept any moral guilt. J.B Priestley's main concerns about the class divide were how the middle class treated the working class. Priestley is trying to show that the upper classes are unaware that the easy lives they lead rest upon hard work of the lower classes.
After all the wrong doing that Silas has done through his down fall and bad decision, he has finally reached his “rise” to a better self by expressing humility and honesty. In the beginning Silas is a rich and powerful man, greed and selfish ambition had just started to take its toll on his decisions. Throughout the novel Silas continually does wrong by buying out his partner and becomes greedy to the point of money being the only thing that mattered to him. In result Silas loses everything, it is not until Silas loses his home and his company that he is forced to change. By the end of the novel Silas “rises” to become a good moral man that exemplifies honesty and humility.
Those around him, more importantly his neighbors, obsess and pride themselves with their conservativeness and even pass down their money-saving techniques to their children. Paul believes that their money-saving techniques are outrageous and ridicules their poor man mentality; however, Paul does not realize that one must save money in order to move up in the social hierarchy. Paul is certain that he was to be born rich; it comes as no surprise when he steals one-thousand dollars in cash from Denny & Carson’s, where Paul works. In a strange way, Paul feels he deserves the money without working for it. Paul’s obsession with wealth along with his misunderstanding of money drives Paul to commit a felony.
However, at one point she confesses it to the boys by saying, “they have evidence that all these accidents in the last year -weren’t-weren’t-accidents.’’ While she kept this a secret from the boys in hope of preserving the view they had of their father, she unknowingly caused them guilt to a matter they had no control of. Unlike the others, Willy’s whole existence is based on secrets and lies. However, the secret that causes the greatest detriment to the family is
Damis caught Tartuffe seducing his mother, and he believes he has adequate proof to make his father punish Tartuffe. He describes Tartuffe’s character as black, and he proceeds to his father to reveal what he found out. However, his father does not believe that Tartuffe is a hypocrite hence he asserts that Damis is not right. He insists that Tartuffe’s hypocrisy claims are a motive by his son to taint his reputation and purity. In this scene, the author lays emphasis on an element of foolishness.
He learned from Willy the way to achieve success is through lying, stealing, and powerful acquaintances. His disillusionment with his father stems from the discovery of Willy’s adulterous relationship and unfaithfulness to his mother. Biff becomes frustrated with his mother when she defends Willy. He rebels against success and authority taking pleasure in defying his father. He does try to face the truth and has a sense of moral responsibility.
Mr. Birling is about to make his speech about the war and the Titanic, however, he pauses when he realizes that Sheila may not be listening, as she is only concentrating on her ring. This is what a child may do when receiving a toy. This as with both her ‘mummy’ and her father gives us the impression that these people are annoying and makes us dislike them. WHOM 2 BLAME After the inspector leaves the house, they are shocked, but then think about the idea whether the inspector really is the guy he pretends to be and they come to the conclusion that he is not an inspector after all. They find this out by contacting the police who then unfold the truth about him.
The children deceive their parents because of their greed and power hunger. Their parents were eventually forgiven, but the greedy children were not. Parents and their children betray one and other, and are only able to do so because they are family, however, the children betray for greed while the parents betray through the credulity caused by their children's greed. Two powerful characters in the play, aging King Lear and the gullible Earl of Gloucester, both betrayed their children unintentionally. Firstly, characters are betrayed due to family assumption.
. With a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (pg.41). Tom cares about power and what makes him powerful is his money. Like they say with money comes power and Tom sure felt that way. Tom is very wealthy and has power over the people in his life, it makes him in a sick way happy.
Priestley uses the character of the Inspector to convey his own thoughts, feelings and opinions about social issues. However, he also uses other characters, particularly Mr.Birling, to show the audience how cynical some people can be. It is possible that J.B.Priestley set this play in 1912 for a reason. Arthur Birling is a rich businessman who thinks very highly of himself, even though he is often wrong. Arthur's family respect him and listen intently to his ideas that 'there isn't a chance of war' and the Titanic is 'unsinkable.'