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Do you agree that Eva Smith is presented as a victimin the play 'An Inspector Calls'? How does J.B Priestly use the Inspector tomake the Birling family aware of their responsibilities to individuals such asEva Smith and how successful is he?

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Do you agree that Eva Smith is presented as a victim in the play 'An Inspector Calls'? How does J.B Priestly use the Inspector to make the Birling family aware of their responsibilities to individuals such as Eva Smith and how successful is he? When Eva Smith is presented to the audience by the Inspector, she is immediately shown to be the victim of the play. The Inspector highlights and describes how each of the members of the Birling family has used Eva Smith. The Inspector shows that each character has victimised her and that each of them has a part to play and a partly responsible for her death. The Inspector soon shows us that he thinks she is a victim as he describes her as "A pretty, lively sort of girl, who never did anybody any harm." The Inspector tries to make each family member, including Gerald Croft, guilty for how they have treated Eva Smith. 'An Inspector Calls' is a play all about the social attitudes of the time. The play shows the attitudes of high class people such as the Birlings and how they see other members of the community. The Birlings are a rich family and they don't feel that they should care for other people. ...read more.


He eventually tells the inspector that he had an affair with Daisy Renton and then later abandoned her. Gerald had met her at the theatre and they then "went along to the Country Hotel" where they "had a drink or two and talked". He soon realised she was in need of help so he found accommodation for her at an apartment Gerald was looking after for his friend. Although he helped her and felt sorry for her Gerald admits that he didn't love her and he said that he "didn't feel the same way about her as she felt about me" Eventually Gerald broke it off with Daisy and she had to move out of the room. She had saved a little money and Gerald gave her some to keep her going till the end of the year. After speaking to the Inspector, Gerald goes outside for a walk. It appears that the Inspector has got Gerald thinking about his part in Eva Smith's life it shows that like Sheila, he also appears to have morals and feelings. So far, Gerald is the only person who has attempted to help the girl even, even if a part of it was for personal gain. ...read more.


The Inspectors explains how each of the character has mistreated and victimised her, ultimately resulting in her suicide. The Inspector uses her diary to explain how she thought and felt after the main characters have acted on her. She is presented as an innocent person throughout the play and the audience are made to believe that she has done nothing wrong. The Inspector is used to make individuals such as the Birlings aware of their responsibilities to people such as Eva Smith. In the case of Mr and Mrs Birling, I don't feel he has succeed as they are very proud and arrogant people who feel that it is not their duty to look after other people in society. The effect the Inspector has had on Sheila and Eric Birling is much more apparent. Sheila feels guilty for her actions throughout the play and is disgusted when she hears her parents say that they are not and played not part in her death. Eric, though not showing it as much as his sister, also feels guilty for his actions. The moral of `An Inspector Calls' is that no matter what class we are we are all equal and that we must work together. It is the Inspectors role in this play to portray this message. ...read more.

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