Characters themes – responsibility - an inspector calls by j b priestley write your comments about each character and how this theme is reflected in what they say and in what they do arthur birling sybil birling sheila birling gerald croft eric birling eva smith the role of inspector goole dealing with responsibility. Gerald is just like mr birling as he does not think that he has done anything wrong for these reason i dislike him j b priestly's message (told via the inspector) tells us that we should have collective responsibility, and share our duties equally between us all do we really want to live in a world where those of higher class. How does priestley present ideas about responsibility in an inspector calls (30 marks) he also offers supernatural themes to this otherwise normal play you need to mention each character and give at least one quote for each to support your point and then link it in with the theme of responsibility. The play 'an inspector calls' is a political satire written by a devoted socialist, jb priestley – an ex-soldier who fought in world war i the play was set in 1912, 2 years prior to world war i however it was written and published in 1945 – just after world war ii priestley uses this time difference effectively to emphasise the. Social position is clearly important to him and priestley uses birling to represent the responsibility priestley shows the attitudes of the different characters towards responsibility: • mr birling does not have a sense of responsibility to his workers, just to making a profit and how does j b priestley present this theme.
Character and theme in an inspector calls he is also quite weak and willing to do the easy thing look at how he themes – social responsibilitysocial responsibility• jb priestley was a socialist and one of the big questions he is asking his audience is 'how should society be organised'• he is. Priestley is very effective in using the inspector to voice the view of responsibility most strongly priestley has created these characters so that they act as the communal conscience of the other characters the character's past is also used to show another key theme-responsibility each person on stage has a secret to reveal-.
Stage lighting does actually help him to present his views it is unclear as to which social standing the inspector comes from ² if j priestley not only uses the inspector but other stage directions to cast his own opinion on the characters and what they say croft (some negative) are exposed the inspector in this case is the. Revise and learn about the themes of j b priestley's an inspector calls with bbc bitesize gcse english literature in an inspector calls, priestley explores social responsibility through: the treatment of eva smith how each character does or doesn't take responsibility for their behaviour the inspector's lessons.
Priestley wrote more than fifty plays the most famous of which are, 'dangerous corners (1932)', 'when we are married (1938)', and 'an inspector calls (1945)' his first major success in 'an inspector calls' the main themes are status, love, power, guilt, responsibility, honesty and lies the play is set in. An inspector calls j b priestley english literature unit 1 modern texts exam section a: modern drama name: english set: f2: how does priestley present ideas about how we should treat other people in an inspector calls f2: what do you think priestley is trying to tell us about responsibility in the play an.
Online study guide for an inspector calls (grades 9–1), themes, contexts and settings responsibility. Blame and responsibility quotes in an inspector calls below you will find the important quotes in an inspector calls related to the theme of blame and responsibility act 1 quotes a man has to make his own way—has to look after himself—and his family, too, of course, when he has one—and so long as he does that he.
One aqa exam question based on priestley's play will focus on a theme the author presents to his audience points if they're helpful): in 'an inspector calls', jb priestley uses inspector goole's graphic description of eva smith's death to emphasise to the audience the importance of social responsibility. Another way that priestley portrays the theme of responsibility is by contrasting the views of the old (mr and mrs birling) and the young (sheila and eric) the old are set in their ways and are completely confident that they are right and they see the young as foolish they will do anything to protect themselves and how others. A secondary school revision resource for gcse english literature about the themes of j b priestley's an inspector calls so, how does priestley weave the themes through the play the inspector wanted each member of the family to share the responsibility of eva's death: he tells them, each of you helped to kill her.