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In your opinion, who is the most responsible of the death of Eva Smith? Compare and contrast the actions of the five main characters.

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In your opinion, who is the most responsible of the death of Eva Smith? Compare and contrast the actions of the five main characters. In this essay I will be writing about 'who is the most responsible for the tragic death of Eva Smith'? Each character is guilty of doing something that led up to the death of Eva Smith. I will compare and contrast the actions of the five main characters. The play 'An Inspector Calls' is set in the fictitious North Midlands, industrial city of Brumley in 1912. All three acts take place in the dining room of the Birling's house. Arthur Birling and his wife, Sybil, are holding a dinner party to celebrate the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, to Gerald Croft. Their son, Eric Birling, is also at the table. The family are wealthy and considered to be upper class. They get interrupted by a man claiming he is a police inspector investigating the suicidal death of a young working class woman. One by one they get questioned and in turn some are shown a photograph. Mr Birling is first to be questioned. ...read more.

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Gerald let Eva stay a room and gave her some money. He insisted to the inspector that he did not put her there to make love. He says, "I want you to understand I didn't install her there so that I could make love to her." At this point he confesses to Sheila, his fianc�e, and admits he had an affair with her. He sees her as a pretty girl. He says, "She was a young, pretty and warm-hearted girl - and intensely grateful." At the end Sheila gives him back his engagement ring back and Gerald leaves the house. Gerald does not play a part in Eva Smiths death because she does not mind leaving Gerald and going to live her life. She tells Gerald that 'she'd been happier than she'd ever been before.' He also offered her some money, but she did not accept it, but Gerald insisted of giving her a gift. He does not repent. The inspector then shows the photograph to Mrs Birling. She does not recognise the person in the photograph. The inspector forces her to admit that she knows her. ...read more.

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I am now going to sum up each character and come up to a conclusion. Mr Birling sacked Eva Smith when she went on strike for more pay. But Eva managed to get herself a new job, by chance, at a good place. Sheila Birling made a complaint demanding that Eva should be sacked because she was jealous of her, leaving Eva unemployed. Gerald Croft had an affair with her, and then dumped her leaving her penniless. Eric Birling got her pregnant and she left him when she found out that he had been stealing money. Mrs Birling turned her away, when Eva needed help the most. She was left with no money or home. This all led to Eva making the decision of committing suicide. The character I blame for the death of Eva Smith is Mrs Birling. I blame her because, if Mrs Birling had helped her, she could of got herself a place to live and some money. The rest of the characters did do something but not too serious, that will make her commit suicide. I also blame Sheila because, she had a chance of living a good life, but was sacked because of Sheila, and was left unemployed and penniless. ?? ?? ?? ?? Moynul Alom - 11R - English Coursework - Mr Smith ...read more.

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