An Inspector CallsWatch
- Family life and pretences
"pink and intimate" - Rose tinted atmosphere suggests Family are perfect
"your engagement to Shelia means a tremendous lot to me"
"you seem to be a nice well-behaved family" (dramatic irony)
- Social class
"Arthur you're not supposed to say such things"
"for lower costs and higher prices"
"hard-headed business man"
Upper class don't like anything troubling; "I see no point in mentioning the subject" (prostitution), "you don't mean Alderman Meggarty?" (despite it being well known)
"but these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people"
"a girl in her position", "a girl of her class", "very impertinent" - Mrs Birling is clearly very prejudiced against Eva Smith
- Young and Old
"you'll get used to that, just as I had"
"had a lot to say - far too much"
"you'd better keep quiet"
the young are "more impressionable" according to the Inspector
Sheila stands up for herself: "it's you two who are being childish - trying not to face the facts"
Mrs Birling calls Gerald's action an "disgusting affair" despite her own actions
- Men and women
Should be protected against "unpleasant and disturbing" things
Sheila is always accused of being "hysterical"
Women are supposed to be obsessed with "pretty clothes"
"that's what's important - and not whether a man is a police inspector" - Shelia thinks for herself
men should "spend nearly all their time and energy and their business"
- Learning (or not learning) about life from a situation
"Everything's all right now, Sheila" - Gerald, despite being othe oldest young man, hasn't learnt anything
Sheila says to her father. "you don't seem to have learnt anything"
"if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish" - religious connotations, Inspector (as Priestly) clearly warns the audience to have listened
"But the whole thing's different now" - Birling's learnt nothing
"they're overtired. In the morning they'll be as amuse as we are" - Mrs Birling trivialises the entire thing!
"he certainly didn't me make me confess" - Mrs Birling pretends that she wasn't completely fooled into confessing
"I'm very sorry. But I think she had only herself to blame" - Mrs Birling is clearly cold and unsympathetic.
- Social Responsibility
Just look at all of Mr Berlin's speeches, the amount of dramatic irony of his attitudes towards responsibility are endless
"millions of eva smiths and john smiths"
"I had her turned out of a job" - Shelia confronts her mistakes
Inspector comment that "we'll have to share our guilt" even though he hasn't done anything! (Group responsibility)
"it's better to ask for the earth than to take it"
"You talk as if we were responsible" - this is sheila, clearly she changes from this by the end of the play - "we've no excuse now for putting on airs...if we've any sense we won't try"
There's probably alot more but that's the key one's I can think of.