How Is Responsibility Presented in an Inspector Calls

Topics: Social class, Working class, Responsibility Pages: 3 (1076 words) Published: April 25, 2013
The older generation can be exemplified through Mrs Birling, Mrs Birling and Gerald, their attitudes revolve around protecting their own social status whereby do not seem to care for anyone but themselves and their family, this can be recognised when the Inspector reveals all about Eva Smith, and their reaction to this awful death, even though they are involved, seems to be non-existent, through evidence from the inspector, they still persist that they haven't participated to this death. They are completely unsympathetic towards the girl and take no responsibility for their actions as their domineering behaviour makes them feel as if they have done nothing wrong this can be shown when Mrs Birling states “I think she had only herself to blame.” by stating this she reiterates to the Inspector that she feels she has no involvement in the death, by stating 'only herself to blame' in relevance to Eva’s death is very cruel and self-centred, as she is clearly trying to revert back to it being Eva's fault therefore diminishing herself and her family out of the equation even though she can be considered to play a large part in her death.

As they are higher class than this girl they also feel as though the death is less important, as Mrs Birling states 'Girls of that class -” this demonstrates that she was prejudice towards the girl whereby due to her class and her position (getting pregnant and not being married) she was therefore not eligible to deserve any money from the charity, this can also be reiterated from when she states “I'm Mrs Birling, know” by patronising the Inspector she's reminding him of her status, showing him that she should not have an involvement because she is of a higher class than him she therefore feels she doesn't have to take any responsibility, due to her class. Her belittling the Inspector makes her think that she will be able to play no part in the death even though her actions have led to this, she cannot accept any responsibility and...
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