Main Themes of Inspector Calls (WOW Adjectives (Unmindful/ Unaware,…
Main Themes of Inspector Calls
"Each of you helped to kill her"
Each member of the family shared the responsibility for Eva's death
Upper classes are unaware of their effects on the people in the lower classes.
Mr Birling was keen to be knighted at the start of the play.
Mrs Birling is embarrassed by her husbands traits, coming from a poorer culture.
Every member of the family had a negative effect and/or used Eva Smith:
Gender & Gender Inequality
Men drinking "port", "smoking cigars" and "telling stories" whilst women are "talking about clothes".
Both the young and old generations take the message from the inspector in different ways:
The old generation are utterly confident that they are right.
The younger generation are open to new ideas and theories.
The older generation view the young as foolish and unintelligent
The old will do anything to protect their social class and reputation.
The young are always honest and admit to their faults.
The old are not troubled by the consequences on the poorer class.
The young can see that their actions have consequences and are embarrassed about the way they have acted.
Mr and Mrs Birling should be fearful about the consequences coming from the real inspector.
The young have nothing to worry about as they have admitted to their actions and have changed as a result of the fake inspector.