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In your view, who is most responsible for the death of Eva Smith?

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In your view, who is most responsible for the death of Eva Smith? Set in the early part of the twentieth century, 'An Inspector Calls' was a play written by J.B. Priestly In nineteen forty five. The play is based on the death of a woman in her twenties who had committed suicide. The cause of her death was the effect that people had on her to make her life a misery. There was no crime committed by these people it was a moral crime for them to understand from their mistakes. The idea of the play, and particularly the role of the inspector are to try to bring the Birling family to understand that they have a moral responsibility for the death of Eva Smith. This point is very significant and is the basis of the entire play, to grasp it is imperative to the understanding of the play, without this, an analysis of who is responsible would be far more difficult. Throughout the story we find out which characters are affected by the death and realise their responsibility for the death of Eva Smith. Priestly is making the point that we are all responsible for each other in society and we must all act accordingly. ...read more.

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Sheila is also the first to realise that the inspector has a strange type of power, when Mrs Birling is arguing with him, Sheila warns her, "You mustn't try to build up a kind of wall, the inspector will just break it down. And it'll be all the worse when he does." This later becomes even more apparent as the plot evolves. Sheila's character is totally unlike that of her fathers, where she accepts responsibility, Arthur Birling completely refuses to accept liability. It is obvious from what Sheila says that she believes she is entirely to blame and feels great guilt, for which she will be forever affected even after when Gerald reveals there was no Inspector she still realises the moral crime, which she played a part in. It is also clear that her character and views have been altered by the event and the impact of the inspector. Gerald Croft is a strong man with a good reputation and is very confident with life, he seems to have a 'perfect gentleman's' appearance. He is engaged to Sheila, and also has significant involvement with the death of Eva Smith. Gerald recognises the name Daisy Renton as soon as he hears the inspector say it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eric did try to help Eva Smith after she became pregnant, albeit with money stolen from his father. He also realised, like his sister, the wrong doing of his actions and everyone else and also he learns the lesson of responsibility from the inspector even after the discovery of the inspector's real identity. In conclusion, it would be unfair to blame a single person, as each character contributed to the death of Eva Smith. It may be more wise to blame society and they way in which they had lived, as it is Eva Smith's class and time that set her apart, no real crime has been committed and it is more a case if social conscience, consequently a moral responsibility should be shared by the family and their future actions affected to aid others and not just themselves. The play is not so much about the Birling family themselves, but about society in general, J B Priestley shrewdly performs this as he manipulates the effect of time difference to get his message across. This all fits into Priestly's message about social responsibility and everyone are to look after each other so we are all safe. Throughout the events of history greed and selfishness has caused death and misery a good example is both World War 1 where society will fall apart. Jay Darji ...read more.

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