To continue, it could also be said that Arthur Birling is in a way a coward as he not willing to take responsibility for his part in the suicide. Linking in to this, we are able to understand that Arthur Birling doesn’t want to be a part of the enquiry and that he wants the Inspector to start interrogating other members of the family. The phrase “don’t tell me…” is extremely interesting because from this we are able to see that Arthur Birling doesn’t want to be in the spotlight anymore and that he is not going to stand up for anyone else’s nonsense on his actions. At the end of the play, he knows he has lost the chance of his knighthood, his reputation in Brumley and the chance of Birling and Co. merging with their rivals. Yet he hasn't learnt the lesson of the play: he is unable to admit his responsibility for his part in Eva's death.
This scene is of Meursault receiving a telegram stating that his mother died, but he isn’t sure when. He shows no remorse over his mother dying, just notices the detail that he doesn’t know when she died. This indifference to the fact that his mother died could mean that he doesn’t care about his mother and that he believes that the human life is meaningless. The idea that human life is meaningless is a theme that is common in the novel. In the passage it embodies that Meursault is detached from society and is different from other people.
The first death that really rattles Montag is when the firemen are getting ready to burn a house down, and the woman that lived there started herself and her books on fire. When he got home from that, he found out that Clarisse had died. His wife, Mildred, has an addiction to pills that will most likely eventually kill her too. Teen murdered
He like Mr Birling wants to protect his own interests he did however have some genuine feeling for Daisy Renton as we can see he is very moved when he hears of her death. He tells Inspector Goole that he arranged for her to live in his friend's flat "because I was sorry for her;". Despite this, in Act III he tries to come up with as much evidence as possible to prove that the Inspector is a fake - because that would get him off the hook. It is Gerald who confirms that the local force has no officer by the name of Inspector Goole, he realises it may not have been the same girl and he finds out from the infirmary that there has not been a suicide case in months. He seems to throw his energies into "protecting" himself rather than "changing" himself (unlike Sheila).
Explain the irony in the following parts of the story: • "Be reasonable," he said to Colby. • “Hanging Colby was doubtless against the law, and if the authorities learned in advance what the plan was they would very likely come in and try to mess everything up.” • “Colby said he thought drinks would be nice but was worried about the expense. We told him kindly that the expense didn't matter, that we were after all his dear friends and if a group of his dear friends couldn't get together and do the thing with a little bit of éclat, why, what was the world
Whenever someone treats him cruelly he responds by assuming that their actions are caused by lack of knowledge or mistake. Charlie's increasing intellectual capacity forces him to adopt a far more cynical look on those around him. This cynical outlook not only drains his trust to a healthy level but turns into an almost paranoid condition. The more subtle change in which the coldness appears is that he becomes condemning of lesser intelligent people, dismissing professors as shams with very narrow fields of knowledge. This development in Charlie's personality is ironic since his ambition in the beginning of the story is to get enough mental prowess to be included in the same community that he distances himself from when he criticizes the average human as being limited and slow.
A main example of this is how they take responsibility and how the old generation such as Arthur and Sybil Birling abnegate all responsibility and how the younger generation accept change and responsibility, for example in act one when the Inspector accuses Mr Birling of starting a chain of events when he sacked Eva. Mr Birling being a very arrogant man believes he had nothing to do with her downfall so he replies to the Inspector, “I can’t accept any responsibility.” This is a prime example of the older generation refusing to accept responsibility. Priestley presents this in a very direct manner which is shown throughout the play and doesn’t hide his views on the older generation. Another stage in the play when the older generation deny responsibility is during act two when Mrs Birling refuses to discuss the suicide of Eva and says “I don’t think we want any further details of this disgusting affair.” This shows she doesn’t want to hear any more information in case it alters the situation, also showing how she doesn’t accept change or responsibility. The contrast to this is how the younger generation such as Eric and Sheila accept responsibility, for example in act 3 when Eric says to the family “you’re beginning to pretend now that nothing’s really happened at all.” This shows that despite the fact the Inspector wasn’t a real inspector he has
He appeals to Brutus as a soft hearted guy only trying to pay respect for his dead friend and not trying to avenge the conspirators. Brutus falls for it, saying “he speaks by leave and permission….It shall advantage more than do us wrong” (3.1.245-249). Pretending to be on Brutus’s side help him to get what he wanted and fuel the audience. During Antony’s speech he used verbal irony to reach the crowd and cover up all the attacks he made against the conspirators. One thing that Antony said sarcastically that got the crow angry was “Let me not stir you up to sudden munity.
Caesar tells Artemidorus, “What touches us ourself shall be last served” (JC. 3.1.7). Caesar is so arrogant that he doesn’t even have the decency to accept help when it is handed to him. Caesar doesn’t realize that his hubris is going to kill him. His hubris is his tragic flaw, and the conspirators don’t like.
(29)” In other words, at the first sight of conflict, man will not think twice before attacking if it is to his benefit. As he continues his broad claim, Hobbes suggests that peace can only be achieved along side “fear of death. (32)” Hobbes is describing a nation where the inhabitants fear he who is in charge. Without these fears, Hobbes infers that chaos will break out; this relates to the importance of laws, which will be discussed later. In a similar fashion, Machiavelli suggests the same innate corrupt behavior of man when he advises that a prince should not completely trust those beneath him.