In addition to simply taking responsibility, the Inspector wants the Birlings to repent for their misgivings, including Mr. Birling. He also causes the Birlings to wonder about the life they are living and if it is ideal and true. However, with Mr. Birling (and Mrs. Birling as well), the Inspector's efforts have little to no effect. Mr. Birling is a capitalist, and in essence a bad person who does not feel remorse for the family's wrongdoings. The Inspector is the opposite of Mr. Birling, a socialist with values beyond reputation. When the Inspector leaves, Mr. Birling actually pokes fun and laughs at him rather than take into consideration anything he has said or tried to teach the family.