J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls I think that the main theme of An Inspector Calls is responsibility, because the Inspector's questioning reveals the irresponsible behaviour of each of the other characters in turn. There are a lot of lies told in this play. Every character lies except the maid. In with the lies there is also hypocrisy e.g. when Mrs Birling told Eva Smith to " go and look for the father of the child. It's his responsibility". She made it clear to the Inspector, not knowing the father was her son that he should be found and "then make sure that he's compelled to confess in public his responsibility The Birling family and Gerald Croft are all lying about their lives because they act as if they are in the upper class and are successful, but deep down they know they are not. The Birlings have an attitude problem and this is what makes them different from the middle and lower class. The Inspector acts as a catalyst to bring responsibility to the family as he reveals secrets and lies. Mr Birling is a man who is into his expanding business and makes a lot of money out of it, and because has money, he thinks he is upper class. Mr Birling is a mean person and thinks he is richer and therefore bigger than anyone else, which I believe, make it sounds very snobbish. He also believes that he will be knighted very soon, which means he has high expectations of himself - this is the part of society which doesn't care about anyone else e.g. he wants his daughter Sheila to marry Gerald so he can have a part of the Croft's
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