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Characters in An Inspector Calls and their involvement in Eva Smith’s life and eventual suicide

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G.C.S.E. English Assignment Inspector Calls This essay will explain how each of he following characters in the play were involved in Eva Smith's life and eventual suicide. It will also investigate the social background to the play including the how the stage effects contribute to the overall message of the play. Arthur Birling is a self opinionated man in his middle fifties. He is well mannered but is narrow minded about some aspects of life. ...I was an alderman and Lord Mayor for two years, and I'm still on the Bench... Eva smith was a worker at Birling's firm, she was 'a good worker too'. In fact, the foreman was so impressed with her hard work he had discussed promotion with Birling. But that August, when she had come back from her summer leave from work she decided to start up a strike with a few others, over low pay, they wanted a pay rise of about 2s 4d. Birling abruptly refused and told 'they could go and work somewhere else. It's a free country...' The strike ended after a week or two and Birling let most of them come back besides the 'four or five ring leaders' which included one Eva Smith. ...read more.


This shows how class was a very powerful thing in the time the author wrote this book. The upper class Miss Birling was just jealous of how pretty Eva Smith was so she used her power to get her fired. Sheila, unlike most of the characters, openly admits her guilt, and is changed as a result of the inspectors questioning. ...if I could help her now, I would... That is how the character of Sheila Birling was involved in Eva Smith's suicide. After Eva Smith was dismissed from her work at Milwards she decided to make a fresh start for herself and changed her name to Daisy Renton. When the inspector told the room, Gerald looked startled. 'What?' he asked, the inspector went on to talk steadily to Gerald. ...I said she changed her name to Daisy Renton... Gerald Croft is a good looking man, broad in stature and in his early thirties. In the play, just after she changed her name to Daisy Renton, Croft had an affair with her. Unlike Sheila, Gerald at first tries to deny ever knowing Eva Smith/Daisy Renton and it is Sheila who first persuades him to confess what he knows. Gerald first meets Daisy Renton, as she is now known, in the Palace Bar. ...read more.


Birling's charity, which were often corrupt, leaving the lower classes with no help at all, leaving generations of poverty. Finally Eric is interviewed. Eric is the young son of Mr. And Mrs. Birling. He too met Eva/Daisy in the Palace Bar. Eva and Eric were both a little drunk, Eric more so. Eric ended up back at Eva's flat where he forced her to have sex with him. ...and that's when it happened, and I didn't even remember... When Eric realized she was pregnant with his child he took some responsibility and even stole from his father, Mr. Birling. But in the end Eva decided to end their relationship. He can be blamed for making her pregnant, but in his defence he was not in a state where he could control his own sexual urges. The inspector tells them 'each of you helped to kill her' and this is undoubtedly true. Each character contributes to Eva/Daisy's downfall but there may be some which have a greater influence over her death. Mrs. Birling for example is possible the most blameworthy for her prejudice attitude towards Eva at her last source of help. The 'squiffy' drunk Eric is the least to blame for it was Eva who ended their relationship and Eric made an effort to take responsibility for his actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 1 Jack Derges 10D ...read more.

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