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Factors involved it the death of Eva Smith

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An Inspector Calls There are many different factors involved in the death of Eva Smith. Each one pushed Eva Smith a little closer to suicide but no one person was solely responsible for her death. Whether one person deserves to take more of the blame than another does it is difficult to say. It was not only people that contributed to Eva Smith's death but her position in the world and the way in which her life worked out. Mr Birling is the first person who we are led to believe began the chain of events which ultimately led to the death of Eva Smith. Arthur Birling is a self-made man who has built Birling And Company into a successful local business. As the play opens he is celebrating the engagement of his daughter to Gerald Croft, the son of his main business rival in Bromley, Sir George Croft. The marriage suits him and should greatly aid him financially as he believes a merger of the two companies might not be too far off. This is emphasised when he says, it's one of the happiest nights of my life perhaps we may look forward to a time when Crofts and Birling are no longer competing but are working together for low costs and higher prices." ...read more.


When he first saw her he said that she 'gave me a glance that was nothing more than a cry for help'. Perhaps he did genuinely care for Eva but he didn't love her as he admitted that: 'I didn't feel about her as she felt about me'. Gerald was fairly honest admitting his part in Eva's life fairly readily. He had good manners and said the right thing but it is hard to decide whether he does mean what he says or that he is simply trying to come across as well as he possibly can. Gerald seems to be a rather narrow minded old-fashioned person. He would never marry Eva because she was of the wrong class. In a way you could say that he simply used Eva for his own needs. Although he denies this saying, 'I want you to understand that I didn't install her there to make love to her!' However he did make her happy for a few months and you have to give credit for that. He does show signs of guilt, 'She didn't blame me at all I wish to god she had now. ...read more.


She had some control over her fate as well. If she hadn't caused trouble at the factory, smiled when Sheila tried on the unsuitable hat, become a mistress to Gerald, slept with Eric or used the Birling name she may not have been 'lying on a slab with burnt out insides'. J B Priestly deliberately makes Eva out to be the helpless victim in order for the others deeds to seem much worse. I do not think that you can fully blame Eva for her death, as she did not know how things would work out. There is no right or wrong person to blame for Eva's death. Each person had a little to 'help' Eva make up her mind to commit suicide so in my opinion they each should take a little blame. However when each person made Eva's life a little harder they had no idea that their actions would cause this much devastation. I am sure that other people have done much worse things with no consequences so perhaps it was not fair that these people had to take any blame for Eva's death. Therefore it could be said that Eva Smith was simply a victim of her class and time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tanzil Aslam 11 O ...read more.

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