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In J.B. Priestley's play 'An Inspector Calls' which of the characters would the audience feel was most responsible for the death of Eva Smith?

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In J.B. Priestley's play 'An Inspector Calls' which of the characters would the audience feel was most responsible for the death of Eva Smith? J.B Priestly wrote 'An Inspector Calls' in the year of 1945, just after the end of the Second World War. The play was actually set in 1912, thirty three years earlier and two years before World War One. 'An Inspector Calls' has a character in it called Inspector Goole; he is portrayed as a voice of J.B. Priestly talking about the imbalanced social status of that period of time in England. At this time (1912) the main goal of your life was to be as wealthy as possible, so you can be really important in the social order of people. There is upper class, working class and lower class. The upper class never associated with lower class because they were poor and wasn't respected enough. The high up in the social order and the ricer you are the more respected you are. The structure of the play is in three main acts (acts 1, 2 and 3). When the curtain rises for the first time in the play the light is in a very joyful and happy mood. ...read more.


As the play draws to an end she is a totally different person. Instead of being spoilt by her mother, she is now very aware and caring towards other people. She feels very different towards Eva rather than her father because she realises what she has done, accepts it and feels bad, whereas Birling denies any responsibility towards her death as he says it's her own fault. Sheila is very happy in her life, until Eva enters her life for a brief moment. She goes to her favourite shop to buy a dress. She tries on the dress she wants and she looks bad in it. Sheila looks over at Eva to find her laughing and assumes she is laughing at her. She goes to complain about her and gets her fired. When she realises her actions and know what the smallest thing can do to a person, she takes a look at a photograph of Eva, 'with a little cry, gives a half-stifled sob, and then runs out'. Gerald Croft is engaged to Sheila. He is oblivious to what is about to happen, but then he hears the name 'Daisy Renton' that sends chills down his spine and he knows he is next in the firing line. ...read more.


She refuses, but Eric really wants to help so he offers her money, but after he gives her some she refuses any more he tries to give her because she knows it's stolen. The lighting on the stage gets a lot harder when Inspector Goole walks on stage. He is a wise man with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. He manages to get everyone to say their part in Eva's death. He is very direct and hard hitting while knowing what he is on about. He has no respect for Birling and the whole upper class. He tells us that we are responsible for everyone, 'there are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us... all intertwined with our lives and what we think and do' Birling, I feel is to be most responsible because of him firing an innocent worker asking for an easier life, but Birling is too stubborn to give it to her because of is 'profit margin' and he was only acting like any other 'hard headed business man' would. If he didn't start it off there would b no need for Eva to get fired by the complaint of Sheila. After the leaving of Goole there is more to come for the Birlings... ...read more.

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