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How does J.B. Priestley use Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton as a dramatic device in An Inspector calls?

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How does J.B. Priestley use Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton as a dramatic device in 'An Inspector calls'? 'An Inspector calls' is a play about the evil found within us all. This is brought out in the Birling family and Mr. Croft; by the main character 'ES/DR' a young girl who shared experiences with all of the other characters. Although she is never seen and has no lines she is fundamental to the plot line and links all the characters. Throughout the play Eva Smith/ Daisy is a faceless character. We are never fully shown who she actually is only hearing about fragments of her life, this adds further mystery to the story and makes you visualise for yourself. This engages the observer as they are made to use imagination and therefore feel part of the tale. ...read more.


Throughout the course of the evening we learn of the way each individual treated the woman and this seemingly respectable family is shown in an unexpected way. We uncover hidden problems and see the 7 deadly sins portrayed by this family. This means the play could be interpreted as a modern take on a morality play as all have committed evil and have seen it within themselves, now they are faced with the question of what to do next. Greed is seen in Mr. Birling as he fires Eva Smith over a small amount of money; therefore the question posed to him is will he repeat this in future. Pride is represented by Mrs. Birling who is annoyed at ES/DR for using her name in what she perceives as a spiteful manner; she thinks the girl is unworthy of a ...read more.


All the questions posed can be applied to us. ES/DR gives each character a wake-up call she shows them the error of their ways and gives them the opportunity to reform. She seems to be a universal character. Her name Eva Smith, is composed very cleverly as Eve was the first woman and Smith is a very common name. She is a girl who represents innocence and has been treated in the same manner the world at that time behaved. This makes us question our own beliefs. Is anyone of us innocent or are we all to blame for how the world is today? Each and every one of us makes decisions which will impact the lives of others for better and for worse. We should take away from this play a life lesson, to treat others with the respect and kindness we wish to be treated with. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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