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Eva Smith \ Daisy Renton.

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Eva Smith \ Daisy Renton Eva was a young girl in her early twenties, she was apparently very pretty and also very poor, her lifestyle is completely contrasting to the rich, upper-class and somewhat pompous Birlings. This although is the only information that is obvious about Eva Smith, she is a bit of an enigmatic character like the Inspector. A lot of information about Eva and the Inspector are unknown and a lot of the details are left for you to think about yourself. At the end of the play Priestly leaves a lot of Important questions unanswered and leaves a lot to the imagination, you can't even be sure that Eva \ Daisy ever existed and if they did they were probably not the same people. I think this is a good technique as it makes you really think about the play and acknowledge the characters and story line of the play. Despite the vague details we do know that all the main characters in the play came in contact with a woman, in all instances this woman was quite attractive, enough to make Eric & Gerald intimately involved with her and enough to make Sheila jealous of her good looks. The first thing we find out about Eva Smith is that she is dead, "Two hours ago a young woman died in the infirmary she'd been taken there this afternoon because she'd swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant. Burnt her inside out, of course........ She was in great agony". (Inspector) This indicates that events that had previously occurred (later discussed in the play) had driven her to take her own life. She must have been very desperate and felt so insignificant; she must have felt like no-one cared about her, she may as well not exist. She must have been through a lot of bad experiences to have such lack of respect for her own life, which appeared to be going nowhere. ...read more.

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he is filthy rich, he cannot say that he can't afford our demands on a pay rise, we deserve every single penny of it. Men like him always crack under pressure. Men like him think that if they lose a little bit of pride then they lose everything. If I can prevent this then I have the power and nobody can stop me. Only I can stop myself if I want to stop that is. 28th September 1910 You never guess what the horrible old man did he only went and sacked me. When we agreed to go back to work he stopped us and told us that he didn't want some troublesome, ringleader toffs working in his factory and told us we can work elsewhere! I am going to see about a job that is being advertised in a clothes shop. Dressing up rich, snotty cows in all these lovely dresses, which they will grow out of when they lose even more weight is my idea of fun. But none the less I really need the money. 30th December 1910 I have just been sacked again. I don't know the exact reason why but I think it has got something to do with a customer that I was helping the other day. This customer (I do not know her name) had just put on a dress but she said it didn't suit her but I thought she looked lovely and I said so with a smile on my face but she thought I was laughing at her which I wasn't. So I don't know if she has anything to do with me getting the sack or not but I think so. The boss at the clothes shop would not give me any reason for giving me the sack only that she found someone more suitable. 1st January 1911 Today I am really confused. ...read more.

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12th November 1911 Eric came back and he was even more violent than the last time. He came in and I made him something to eat. He then asked me to have sex with him again and I said no. But he forced himself on me again. He really hurt me this time. I have got some bruising on my legs and I am bleeding from my insides. It really hurts. 30th January 1912 I haven't seen Eric since that incident in November. I am glad about that. But I have never been so unlucky in my whole entire life. I have been unlucky all my life but never have I had such bad luck as this. At this point of my life things should be getting better not worse. I'm PREGNANT. It was when I met Eric at the Crystal Palace Bar. Well he had a few to many and I told him no but he said he would make a row so I gave in. I think it happened that second time that we met up. He arranged to meet me at the bar on the understanding that there was to be no more funny business and that I would cook him some food and then he would go home. I arranged to tell him at the crystal bar about a month after we last met up. I told him that I was pregnant and he looked really shocked. I didn't want him to marry me and I told him that and he asked me why and I told him it was because he didn't love me. He gave me some money. I think it was just to keep me going but then I stopped and thought about it. I refused to take his money. What am I going to do? 2nd February 1912 Today I went to an organisation for some help but they just turned me away. I have nobody to turn to anymore. I finished with Eric so he isn't around anymore. I just don't know what to do. ...read more.

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