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Compare and Contrast the ways in which Sheila and Mr Birling react to the inspector and explore how they are responsible for t

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Compare and Contrast the ways in which Sheila and Mr Birling react to the inspector and explore how they are responsible for the death of Eva Smith At the beginning before the inspector arrives the scene is where the entire Birling family is sitting at the dining room table, celebrating the engagement of Gerald Croft and Sheila Birling. The atmosphere in the room is calm, relaxed and happy. All of the characters are unguarded both emotionally and mentally. Mr Birling in particular is exceedingly happy because of his daughter getting married to a man from a titled family, in charge of an expanding company. Having an inspector arrive to question them about the death of a girl is therefore unexpected. The Inspector questions the Birling's and Gerald in a different manner to what they might expect of an ordinary inspector. The inspector knows about all what they have done and yet he persists in hearing their confessions and what their side of the story is. ...read more.

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death The Inspector shows Sheila the picture of Eva Smith, Sheila reacts to this by giving a small cry and then running out of the room. The Inspector and the rest of the family immediately know that Sheila must have known this girl. A short while later Sheila comes back into the room prepared to be questioned by the Inspector. She tells him about her and her mother going to Milwards and the fact that there was a girl there called Eva Smith and that unfortunately Sheila had got her sacked from Milwards. She explains how she wanted to try on a dress that the shop assistant and Mrs. Birling had told her that it would not suit but how she had insisted on trying it on. Eva Smith had held up the dress against her to show her how it was to be worn properly. Sheila knew that the dress would never suit her but would suit Eva Smith. ...read more.

Conclusion

Mr. Birling was probably the only one of them that didn't feel ashamed of his actions, the only time that he did was when he said that he did feel sorry for Eva Smith but he was also trying to point out that it wasn't just his actions that had led her to suicide but that of the other people in the room and the fact that it was her choice to kill herself. Sheila on the other hand felt guilty, ashamed and in total remorse for what she had done. She also felt angry with herself because she wasn't able to keep her temper and by the fact that she had let herself become consumed with jealousy at Milwards shop when Eva Smith had looked better in the dress than Sheila had. The other reason that she had felt angry with herself was because she had lost Eva Smith her second job and was probably the last hope of ever getting her life back on track again. So really it was all of the Birlings and Gerald Croft that had contributed towards Eva Smith committing suicide. Kimberley Kirkham 11AKRH ...read more.

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