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Arthur Birling is a rather portentous man in his middle fifties with a fairly easy manner but with restricted views and opinions

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Arthur Birling is a rather portentous man in his middle fifties with a fairly easy manner but with restricted views and opinions. Arthur Birling tends to think more about his business than the people who work for him, so when he sacked Eva he didn't consider her feelings or how it would affect her life, to him she was just an employee, He was a "hard headed practical man of business". When his daughters engagement was announced he found it as another bonus to his business because Gerald was the son of the owner of Croft unlimited the company in competition with his own so in his eyes the marriage between his daughter and Gerald was just another way to bring the two companies together But, Birling is also a little uneasy about his daughter marrying Gerald incase Gerald's parents think their son is marrying beneath himself by marrying Sheila. Arthur Birling was very concerned with the publics views of him and thought of his reputation very highly. He is Ex-Lord Mayor of Brumley and a local magistrate and he is always quick to point out his social status " I gather there is a very good chance of knighthood". He wants to stay away from scandal and the police to protect his public image. When Arthur was questioned by the inspector he tells him that Eva Smith left his factory two years ago, she was always a good worker, "a foreman told me he was ready to promote her into what we call a leading operator-head of a small group of girls". The reason Eva left Birling's factory was that he sacked her because she and a group of girls asked him for a raise in their wages and he refused as Mr. Birling regarded himself as reasonable and paid his employees no more or no less than the going rate "I couldn't consider it, we were paying the usual rates and if they didn't like those rates, they could go and work somewhere else. ...read more.


Sheila caught sight of this girl smiling at Miss. Francis as if to say " doesn't she look awful". Sheila was instantly jealous of the way Eva looked and so Sheila used all of the power she had to punish the girl because of the way she made her feel. " It didn't seem to be a very terrible thing at the time" but Sheila did also say that she felt bad about the incident at the time but feels much worse about it now. After Sheila had the girl sacked she changed her name to Daisy Renton. Sheila was also left feeling responsible for what happened, She abused her power in much the same way as her father did but she was also left knowing her fianc� was a liar who had another lady on the side, her brother being the illegitimate father of the unborn child and with a very unforgiving mother. Sheila is left knowing she is a vain and spiteful girl. Sheila wanted the whole affair to be exposed and the truth to be discovered, She was the first to admit her guilt and express regret for her actions, She was open about her brother's drink problem and Alderman Meggarty's unpleasant reputation. She acted as the family's conscience and was very critical of her father. Before the inspector enters Mrs. Birling is confident and rather pleased with herself. She thinks that her family is above others especially people in Eva Smith's class. Mrs. Birling is also rather naive and takes offence rather easily. When the inspector questions her she tries to put across the fact that she is in charge, She puts on her airs and attempts to make out that they are above all this ridicule. Sheila tries to put her in her place, "You mustn't try to build up a wall between us and that girl". Mrs. B is always quick to defend her family and remind everyone of her husband's position " You know of course that my husband was Lord Mayor only two years ago, and that he is still a magistrate". ...read more.


If she hadn't put on airs and grace and turned Eva away from the committee, Eva would have had a future. Overall, I believe that Arthur Birling is the one person who we can hold responsible for Eva Smiths death. Sacking her from the factory made her attitude to life change. If he hadn't have sacked her from the factory she wouldn't have ended up working in Milwards where she was to be sacked by a jealous, angry Sheila. Eva wouldn't have been vulnerable and ended up with Gerald and have been taken advantage of and left pregnant by Eric. If she wasn't pregnant she wouldn't have needed his mothers committee for help. She would have had a long and stable job and a happy life, Which Arthur took away. There for I think Arthur Birling is most responsible for the death of Eva Smith. "An Inspector Calls" _J.B Priestley John Boynton Priestley was born in Yorkshire on the 13th September 1894. He left school at the age of sixteen and in 1910 he became a junior clerk with the local wool firm of Helm and Company. With the outbreak of war in 1914 Priestley joined the infantry at the age of twenty. He left the Army in 1919 after nearly being killed once and being a victim of a gas attack. After leaving the army he went to Cambridge University to study Modern History and Political Science, but in 1921 he left and went to London. Priestley's first novel was The Good Companions (1929) and his second novel, Angel Pavement was published in 1930, but it was in 1932. When he was aged 38 that he wrote his first play Dangerous Corner, An Inspector Calls was written in 1945. In this Essay I will try to find whom I think was most responsible for the death of Eva Smith. I will find out some background information for each of the characters and use the evidence and my knowledge to come to a conclusion and to find in my opinion was most responsible. ...read more.

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