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"An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestly.

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"An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestly This is an introduction to my essay on the book "An Inspector Calls". In my essay I will carefully review and decide who is the most responsible for the death of Eva Smith. But first I will write a paragraph about the author. The author of the book was J.B Priestly. John Boynton Priestly was born in Bradford, Yorkshire on the 13 September 1894 the same year in which his mother died. From the age of around 16 Priestly knew he wanted to write. He believed that classrooms and labs would not help him to become a writer. He was a patriotic socialist who was passionate about the need for social change to benefit the poor. During the war he expressed his feelings over the radio. Priestly had also seen the tragic horrors and effects of the war, which I think makes him a better writer. There is also the surprising fact that it only took Priestly just over a week to finish the whole book. As the book says "An Inspector Calls was that of the effects of an individuals actions over a passage of time." ...read more.

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Mr. Birling: Eva Smith worked in Mr. Birling's factory. She was fired for asking for a pay rise but also rallying all the other workers to take a stand. But I do think that the request for a pay rise was very justified as Mr. Birling was a very tight fisted man. And there is also evidence in the text, explaining that Eva was a very good worker, " A good worker too" (Mr. Birling explaining to the Inspector. Personally I think that Mr. Birling is not really to blame, but did in actual fact start of the chain of eventsby firering the younge girl which obviously forced her to get her next jb as I will rite about later. Birling was guilty of the sin "Pride". After he had spoke to the Inspector, he still truly believes he has nothing to do with the matter; as he says "It has nothing to do with the wretched girls suicide". By this statement, it is clear that he feels absolutely no responsibility for the incident. In fact Mr. Birling does not change his views about actions and consequences throughout the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mrs. Birling: She turned Eva away when she needed help the most. At the beginning of the conversation Mrs. Birling thinks she has nothing to do with it, but as the action unfolds she starts to realize more and more what she has done. And maybe even starts to accept some of the blame, but towards the end does almost exactly the same as Gerald. Eric is the most horrified by what his mother has done. And he also blames his mum for the murder "Then you killed her" (Eric said to Mrs. Birling). Each character thinks that another character is to blame. So in conclusion I don't think that any one character is the blame more than another. It was a 'chain of events'. But I do think that Eric and Sheila where more affected y the reactions of people they thought they knew, and I thin that the innocence of the younger generation helps both characters realize that even if this did not really happen it could. I think that the overall message that Priestly is trying to send in "think before you act" and "all actions have consequences". I think that it gives you something to think about. Don't you think? By Leonie .J. Mallabone ...read more.

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