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How does the character of Eva Smith develop J B Priestley's message to the audience?

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In act II of "An Inspector Calls" Discuss How Does the Dramatic Device of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton Develop J.B Priestley's Message to the Audience? In this essay I will discuss how Eva Smith develops J.B Priestley's message to the audience. J.B. Priestley believed in socialism. He believed that everyone is part of a community and we are all responsible for each other, including the working class. He believed that society shouldn't be divided into classes. Priestley uses the character of the inspector to convey his own views. "We don't live alone. We are members of one body." The play was set in 1912 but it was written in 1945, this is relevant because England was in the middle of the Second World War. This use of dramatic irony gives the audience a chance to recognize and learn from past mistakes. Eva Smith is a dramatic device. She was created to evoke feeling and emotion in the audience. ...read more.

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"I won't believe - it's simply my fault that in the end she - she committed suicide. That would be too horrible -." She wants the responsibility for Eva's death to be shared. This reflects Priestley's message. "If there's nothing else, we'll have to share our guilt." Sheila wants to stay to hear Gerald's confession. At first, Gerald tries to deny that he was involved with Eva. "Where did you get the idea that I did know her?" This symbolizes the indifference the aristocracy had for the working class. Gerald admits that he treated Eva irresponsibly. He took advantage of her and he didn't really love her. "But she became your mistress?" "Yes. I suppose it was inevitable...I didn't feel about her as she felt about me." This confession reveals the hypocritical nature of the upper classes. The Birlings only care about themselves. "You'd think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that nonsense..." ...read more.

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she said that she couldn't marry the father. "She said that the father was only a youngster - silly and wild and drinking too much." Mrs Birling suggests that the father was wealthy. "He had given her money but she didn't want to take any more money from him." "If, as she said, he didn't belong to her class..." Priestley uses dramatic irony when Mrs Birling says that the blame lies with the father of Eva's child, but she doesn't know that it is her son. "I blame the young man who was the father of the child she was going to have...and he ought to be dealt with severely." This suggests that her unbiased opinions are the same as Priestley's - that everyone is responsible for the working class in the community. Even when it is confirmed that Eric is the father Mrs Birling won't admit it. "I don't believe it. I won't believe it." I enjoyed the play because it has an important moral. I think that the creation of Eva Smith was a clever way for John Priestley to tell the audience his message to society. ...read more.

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