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An Inspector Calls.

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Britain in the early 1900's was a class-ridden society. Life was not easy for some. Some found it very easy, this was because of the unjust system of class, it all depended on whether you were rich or poor, and upon education. People were labelled as working, middle, or upper class, so the upper class would have titles and were very important people, whereas the working class were known as cheap labour. The poor just got poorer and the rich got richer, time - workers had no rights and there was little social security. There had to be some kind of people who had a desire to change things socially, someone had to rebel against this unfair system before things got any worse. These people were the socialists, and some of them wrote plays to change the way of thinking, one of which was "an inspector calls." John Boynton Priestley was the successful writer of the play. He was born in the county of Yorkshire on the 13th of September 1894. He knew early on that he wanted to become a writer, but decided against going university, as he believed that the world outside classrooms and labs would help him to become a writer. He was gaining experience to achieve success in his writing career as he said, "it was the years 1911-14 that set their stamp upon me." He was politically minded and liked to discuss politics, this may have been because he was growing up into his father's socialist friends (which must have influenced his writing), and joined in with their political arguments, but never was able to put politics first. ...read more.


He thinks he did the right thing, and he says that he paid his workers the usual rates, and he couldn't see that he had any responsibility for what happened to her afterwards. But Priestley thinks differently, as he shows by what the inspectors says; "what happened to her then may have determined what happened to her afterwards, and whatever happened to her afterwards may have driven her to suicide." Birling is a very insensitive man; he shows no remorse for what happened. The next person to be interviewed is Shelia who is a pretty girl in her early twenties, is very pleased with life and quite excited. The inspector reveals that Eva luckily found a job at Milwards, he goes on to say that she again was sacked. Shelia (feeling agitated) begins to realise that she was to blame. She started to explain that she was looking at herself in the mirror when she caught Eva smiling at the assistant in a way that she found offensive. Shelia was furious and told the manager that if he didn't sack her, Mrs Birling would close the account with them. Unlike Birling, Shelia accepted that she was wrong and felt sorry for what she did. It is obvious that she regrets what she done with regard to Eva claiming that, " if I could help her now I would." This makes you feel less anger for Sheila who now feels terribly guilty for Eva and has now been punished severely simply by knowing the consequences of her actions. ...read more.


If it didn't end tragically, then that's lucky for us. But it might have done." Birling hasn't got a clue; they think it's a joke. Yet the telephone rings sharply. Mr Birling answers it, then tells the family that it was the police, he says a girl has committed suicide and is on her way to the infirmary, and that an inspector is on his way to ask some questions. "They stare guiltily and dumbfounded." The whole scenario starts again. In conclusion, I think that the person to blame most is Sybil Birling. She was selfish and heartless leaving Eva to give up on herself. Eva had that little bit of hope left going to the organisation, but Mrs B turns away her helping hand. Maybe Arthur had triggered it off but Mrs B could have sorted out things out if she understood why Eva had used the name Birling. What makes you feel more anger for Sybil is that she thinks it wasn't her fault at all: she had no guilt whatsoever. Although I think it would be unfair to blame just Mrs Birling entirely, as each character played a part to the death of Eva smith. It would be more logical to blame society and the way they lived in those times, no real crime was committed, and it is more a case of social conscience. I think families like the Birlings need to aid others with their actions, not just themselves. Who is to blame for the death of Eva Smith? Gurmik Brainch 10R3 1 ...read more.

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