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Compare the Actions and Attitudes of Sheila and Mr. Birling Towards Eva Smith and Their Responsibility of Her Suicide

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Compare the Actions and Attitudes of Sheila and Mr. Birling Towards Eva Smith and Their Responsibility of Her Suicide In the novel, both Sheila Birling and Mr Birling each play a huge role in Eva Smith's death with their actions and their attitudes towards her. The first person that seems to be responsible for the death of Eva Smith was Mr. Birling. He was the owner of a mill and hired Eva Smith to work there. He admitted that she worked well but had to make her redundant due to her asking for an increase in wages and protesting against Mr. Birling not giving her a rise. "We were paying the usual rates and if they didn't like those rates, they could go work somewhere else. It's a free country", says Mr. Birling. From Mr. Birling's actions it does not seem to be the full responsibility of Mr. ...read more.

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Mr. Birling when being interrogated by the Inspector takes offence at the way that he is talking to him, but he does not understand the message that the Inspector is trying to tell them, that is the reason why the inspector is very direct and uses a sharp tone when talking to Mr. Birling. The next person that seemed to be responsible for the death of Eva Smith was Sheila Birling. After Eva Smith was made redundant from Mr. Birling's factory she managed to get a job at Milwards, a respectable upper class department store. Sheila complained to the manager of Milwards because Eva Smith had appeared to be giggling at her when she was trying on a dress. I think that Sheila's action of complaining to the manager of Milwards can not be justified. ...read more.

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Sheila tells the inspector everything she knows and she does so with regret for her actions and with great emotion that she played a part in making someone committing suicide. This is all completely different to the attitude to her father; he refuses to take any of the responsibility for Eva Smith's death, whereas on the other hand Sheila immediately says that she is massively to blame. The main reason for this difference in attitude is the generations between father and daughter. People of the older generation do not care about the working class and they think that they are far superior to everyone else. The younger generation are completely different; they care for other people and show emotions and feelings towards them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Leondiou 4 Stanislaus ...read more.

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