By what means, and how effectively does J.B Priestley make us consider the theme of social responsibility in his play ‘An Inspector Calls’? “An Inspector Calls” by J.B Priestley is a play about Social Responsibility and Innocence. Priestly uses various methods to explore this theme - such as characterisation, contrast and setting. The play begins with the family celebrating Sheila and Gerald’s engagement. The mood is light and fun, until Inspector walks in and informs the family that there has been a suicide of a young woman (Eva Smith), and they may be involved.
When people think of the play, “The Crucible”, they usually picture the witch trials and women being hanged, but Arthur Miller depicts the witch trials in a completely new light. He shows through a story that the witch trials were much more than just people calling others witches. There was deceit, pain, greed, and more. Through the play, we follow the character, Abigail, observe her actions and their consequences. We witness the lives of people she impacts, what happens to them, and how many times she lies to get her way.
In the play A Streetcar Named Desire Williams frequently demonstrates illusion vs reality threw his main character Blanche. Blanche is coping with her past life by creating lies to cover up her mistakes, eventually like all lies the truth is brought to light causing Blanche to have a series of mental breakdowns,eventually causing her to be mentally unstable. She is then incapable of distinguishing reality from her own illusions and has tricked herself into her own game. Blanche is introduced to the audience wearing a beautiful white suit with a fluffy bodice, pearl necklace and earrings,white gloves and white hat. (Act 1, Scene 1, Pg.15).
Her main target to incriminate was Goody Proctor, but she had to delicately choose people before Goody Proctor. “I saw Goody Booth with the devil” (Act 1) She’s starting to build up her lies to increase her credibility with the court and the village. Each victim she blames strengthens her position of being innocent. To have her fiction be more convincing she threatens the girls tangled in this to lie with her. “I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you’ (Act 1) Exposing how far she will go and how manipulative she is with the girls knowing Abigail would not hesitate to falsely accuse them too and is now controlling them.
The inspiring story of Nora Helmer in the play A Doll’s House uncovers the strict roles of women in society and explains how those stereotypes should be broken. Throughout the story multiple themes are present. In the late 1870s the roles of women in society were very strict and Ibsen made that one of the main themes in the play. In the beginning of the play Nora talks with an old friend. As the two catch up Nora says, “...a time will come when Torvald is not as devoted to me, not quite so happy when I dance for him, and dress for him, and play with him” (Ibsen, Act One).
The ability for a person to transcend from stereotypes and labels comes from the support from others. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne a respected woman and seamstress hiding in the shadows of society, is soon throw in the spot light when she is publically convicted as an adulterer. This crime comes with a loaded punishment; she is sentenced to a life of shame where she must a wear a scarlet “A” on her chest, in order to publically humiliate her and provide an example of what not to grow up to be. The story begins by introducing Hester and her beloved daughter Pearl, and how they cope with the new labels of an adulterer and a daughter of an illegitimate marriage. Overtime, Hester rises above this life of misery she has to deal with, and learns to cope with it by showing pride into who she really is and her ability to withstand this scrutiny of the judgmental peering eyes of society.
After reading and analysing the two critiques relating to the obsessive adolescence relationship I have concluded that there are similarities found between the critic 's views on this obsessive relationship shared between Juliet and Pauline. Betty Jay (2000) viewed the relationship through their fascination with the Fourth World and Borovnia. Eventually, this caused the girls to lose touch with reality and commit the murder together, while Eva Rueschmann explored how they depended on each other for emotional and intellectual sustenance, as they believed no one in their family understood them. Both articles aligned with my hypothesis, from that, I can conclude that I’ve made a sensible, persuading statement, that when adolescent relationships
She was replaced by an enlightened, determined and more useful member of society who tries to make a positive contribution to help her husband in his difficulty. These days modern life has thrown countless examples of women struggling for their identities and thus emerging in the same way as Nora did. Ibsen though in his own ways, is probably the playwright to bring this change noticeable in their respective plays. Ibsen showed a woman who left her husband simply on the grounds that he had treated her as a doll and not as a responsible human being. Nora is depicted until the end of the play as the helpless, mindless fool who wastes her husband’s hard earned money.
In this case “one person and one line of inquiry at a time” This quote suggests how Inspector Goole works methodically to show his power towards the family. This gives the reader an idea of how seriously the inspector takes his job and how he establishes the way he is going to question each character, not only giving him the opportunity of playing with the each character’s culpability throughout the play, but also to clarify his power towards the pace of the interrogations and the speed the play has,demonstrating his control over the position all the characters are . Priestley also uses the quote “determined what happened to her afterwards may have driven her to suicide. A chain of events.” This quote displays the
The following paper will discuss the disruption of Laura`s naïve and illusory worldview as an important step in her life to maturity and independence in Katherine Mansfield`s The Garden Party. There are several situations in The Garden Party which mark the beginning of Laura questioning the world around her. The Party and the sudden death of a man from the working class offer the young protagonist the opportunity to make assumptions about herself and where her place in society might be. Her childish guilelessness determines her behavior but nonetheless a slow development from ignorance to something like self-awareness can be seen at the end of the story. Following the indicators of an initiation story, whose plot revolves around the theme
In the play Abigail Williams, and Thomas Putnam’s take advantage of the pervasive fear in the village, allowing them to fulfill their selfish and exploitative motives which are what truly fuel the Salem Witch Trials. To begin with, Abigail Williams starts the accusations of witchcraft in order to fulfill her ulterior motives. We first see hints of her motives when Abigail tells John Proctor, a married man under whom she had worked that, “I am waiting’ for you every night”(1099). While Abigail worked under John and Elizabeth Proctor, she had developed feelings for John. Elizabeth removes her which angers Abigail deeply.
We see that Proctor is able to confess to the court, but the judges still believe in the girls hysteria. As more things are revealed in the play Proctor is able to see what is going on. This allows the readers to known that in a dramatic event of time one 's true self is shown. In Act IV which is the end of the play, in order for Proctor to save his life he must confess that he saw the devil. This is one of the most dramatic scenes in the play.
An inspector call can be seen as a moral play as it show the conflict between the characters and clearly highlights to the audience who is right and who is wrong. J.B priestly uses characters to portray his ideas across to the audience and one example is when he purposely presents the change of Shelia from a selfish spoilt little girl to a mature and clear headed woman at the end of the play. Soon after the inspector started interrogating Shelia it soon became apparent to the audience that Sheila to did have a part to play in the death of Eva Smith, a common lower class woman struggling through life. She had forced the manager at Millwards to fire her due to her being jealous about how well the dress fitted her. As soon as she admitted to