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In my essay I am going to look at how much moral responsibility the characters in An Inspector Calls accept for the death of Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton and also how the characters reflect the period the play was set in.

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In my essay I am going to look at how much moral responsibility the characters in "An Inspector Calls" accept for the death of Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton and also how the characters reflect the period the play was set in. In the play all characters are to blame for the death of Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton as they have all worked together in a way to make Eva Smith commit suicide. They are not officially to blame they had no idea that she would commit suicide. J.B. Priestley was born on the 13th September 1894, in a middle class home in Bradford, Yorkshire, which was a large industrial area that produced cotton in the mills. Priestley grew up in a thoroughly middle class home in a place where socialist ideals succeed and was proud of the fact that his grandparents were mill workers. He achieved real experience and understanding of working class life and people when writing 'Rain upon Godshill' (1939). It was about his visits to "grandparents and uncles and aunts who still lived in the miserable little 'back to back' houses in the long, dark streets behind the mills. He wrote ''An Inspector Calls'' to show the abuse and cruelty of the lower classes by the higher classes at that time. Priestley set the play in 1912, thirty years earlier than when he wrote. He did this because he would be able to use dramatic irony to emphasize his point that the upper classes were not strong as they believed to be and shouldn't have been quite so unworried. ...read more.

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Perhaps Priestley wants to show trough Sheila, that the way people from the upper class only care about class and them selves is wrong. Gerald croft met Eva Smith, after his wife Sheila. Gerald was described as a nice good-looking man who is also emotional. When Gerald had met Eva Smith at the first time, she had changed her name into Daisy Renton and was being annoyed by Joe Meggarty. "The girl saw me looking at her and then gave me a glance that was nothing, less than a cry for help. So I went across and told Joe Meggarty some nonsense- that the manager had a message for him or something like that- got him out of the way- and then told the girl that if she didn't want anymore of that sort thing, she'd better let me take her out of here". This shows that Gerald is a good person and just wanted to help her. The way he tells the inspector that he went to help her out, could emphasize the fact that he didn't care who she was, or what her class was, all he cared about was to help her out. But on the other hand there might be another reason why Gerald wanted to help Daisy because in those days no one would help another without having a reason. "She was pretty and warm-hearted". So perhaps Gerald was fallen in love with her and that's why he had helped her and left her because he realized that he couldn't marry someone from the lower class. Daisy loved Gerald and knew that they could never be together, she didn't blame Gerald, but still he felt horrible, leaving her like that. ...read more.

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She didn't know that Eric was the father, and had she known she would have not believed it, as Eva is from the lower class, she would have not accepted it. Mrs. Sybil Birling didn't accept her moral responsibility for the death of Eva, "Oh stop it both of you and please remember before you start accusing me of anything again that it wasn't me who had her turned out of her employment- which probably began it all". She passes the blame back to Mr. Birling as he could have prevented this from happening, by not firing her. In my opinion I believe that Mrs. Sybil has to accept at least a little responsibility even though she hadn't started it because she could've prevented all this if she had given Eva a little bit of money to live with her child. Sheila and Eric both learned form their mistakes, they became more mature and 'real grown ups as they have accepted their moral responsibility compared to Mr. and Mrs. Birling who hadn't accepted the responsibility that was put on them. When realized that the inspector was fake, they wanted to forget about everything what had happened and live their happy lives. At first Gerald had accepted his moral responsibility and felt really guilty but, when he had find out the inspector was fake he was no more than the Mr. and Mrs. Birling and hadn't learnt his lesson. Just then they get a real phone call from an inspector, perhaps Priestley wants to show his audience, that even when they think they can get away with it, the truth and responsibility that was once put on them will follow them, until they accept it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mitra Bakhtary ...read more.

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