Eric’s mother, family, and friends, who all fall under the concept of informal audience, believe that Eric was murdered. Some believe he was shot by a white man and others believe he was drowned by one, nonetheless they all believe the people from St. Joseph took part in covering up his death and making sure no one would find out the truth. All the while, the informal audience of St. Joseph consists of their residents who believe that Eric was suicidal and that he willingly jumped into the lake or he somehow accidently drowned. There is a continuous contest over meaning when it comes down to Eric’s death.
In the case of eric he got the harshest form of punishment compared to the rest of the characters in this book, frankly, Eric deserved this form of punishment and it only strengthens the fact that you can’t get away with lying someone is going to find out someday. This was an important part of the book because it clearly shows that lies can break a person and you can learn a lot about Eric’s personality just from looking at this sentence. A fifth and final way lies and deceit is a significant theme in this book is the ending. Near the end of the book, mom has a meeting with all of the other citizens of Lake Windsor Downs and discloses that Eric and Arthur have been stealing from other people and gave some items away. This was the most significant event in this book that showed lies and deceit.
J.B Priestley, dramatist of the Play ‘An inspector calls’ written in 1945, portrays the story of a wealthy family in the industrial city of Brumley during 1912. They were holding an engagement party, until it was interrupted by a police inspector, who was investigating the suicide of a young woman named Eva smith. Lies reveal the series of events that lead her to take that decision. Priestly during the whole play makes the inspector’s presence powerful and dominant. The inspector is used to communicate the importance of looking towards a community and the way our actions affect each other. The character is also used to demonstrate the author’s socialist views and opinions, which refer to the injustice towards gender roles and social classes.
She uses this quote to strengthen her argument that lying can only be used productively if used with a purpose. In conclusion Ericsson persuades the reader that there good that comes from telling a little white lie. She went in depth by explaining “The Ways We Lie” and all of the different types of lies that are out there. Ericsson did a great job of persuading the reader what is morally right and
In addition, the Inspector provokes Mrs Birling into blaming the “drunken young idler”, which the audience knows is Eric, evincing dramatic irony. On realising that Eric is the drunk, she tries to retract her statement highlighting the double standards and hypocrisy of the upper class moral code. Contrasting to their parents, the younger Birlings are shown to be socially responsible and regretful for their actions contributing to the untimely death of Eva Smith. This symbolises Priestley’s hope of the younger generation instigating social
The dramatic masterpiece ‘An Inspector Calls’ is arguably a mouthpiece to express the playwrights political views. Priestley uses many techniques to hyperbolise the older generations selfishness and the younger generations empathy as well as their acceptance of all views.
In an Inspector Calls, responsibility is the prime subject. Priestley is mainly interested in our individual actions and our social responsibility, toward society. The play analyzes the effect of hierarchy, gender, and generations; approaching people's attitude to responsibility. He presents how animosity can prevent certain people from acting more responsible and it is also his intention to show that it is wrong to treat people in the way that the Birling’s and Gerald has treated Eva/Daisy.
Unfortunately the family holds a burden; they are ‘Stained.’ In other words Emmeline’s grandmother had an affair with another man. Being extremely ‘Wayward.’ So her Grandmother got hung and was left in a large cage at the Crossroads. Basically their grandmother brought shame on the family, for now and always.
Responsibility is originally presented as something for someone else. Early in the play, Mr Birling says that it’s time Eric ‘learnt to take a few responsibilities’ this is ironic as later in the play, he says that he ‘cannot take any responsibilities.’ This shows us that he thinks that responsibilities are for anyone but him, and preferably the younger generation. This reflects the capitalist views of the country pre-ww1, as when the war began to start, only the younger men were seen as having to do anything, particularly, the young, non upper class men. Birling seems to reflect this ideology greatly.
One of the several themes that Priestley has introduced to the play is ‘Time,’ and this theme not only interlinks with some others like ‘Age and Youth’ and ‘Social Responsibility,’ but also introduces a very important drama technique into the play for the audience called the dramatic irony.
Maloney’s impetuous behaviour and change in character after being betrayed exemplify how characters which the reader views as innocent may be the complete opposite. Her rash decisions and hypocritical actions make the reader question the accuracy of female stereotypes. Furthermore, Mrs. Maloney’s change in character from innocent to deceptive and dangerous allows the reader to come to a realization of how betrayal changes a person as a whole. As a result, one realizes that relying on appearances is impartial because one will never fully understand a person’s true
In Charlotte Bronte’s novel “Jane Eyre” Edward Fairfax Rochester plays a contributing role in Janes development and growth as a character and human being in the Victorian time period. Not only does he play a large role in her independency, but in her emotional and spiritual growth as well. She grows around him whether she likes it or not. Due to Edwards manipulative and seductive nature, jane has to grow and develop in a way that has her frequently questioning her own ideals, whether that be spiritually or morally, and strengthening her independence by constantly refusing her feelings for him and adapting to punishing situations. Edward also opens Janes eyes to a world that is bigger than she realized due to his company at the house, wealth, and opportunities at the favorable Thornfeild manor at which she was employed by him.