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The Inspector Calls.

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The Inspector Calls The Birling Family and Gerald are all one body. They all do their part so the body can function normally, just like the inspector said at the end of the play before he departed "we are members of one body." (Pg.56). Eva Smith aka Daisy Renton is a hidden tumour that the Birlings or Gerald want to keep as a dark secret. The Inspector is like the Doctor who exposes the tumour and gets them to admit they all have done something wrong to contribute to the illness. The first person to be interrogated is Mr Birling, the father of the family. We learn that Eva Smith had worked for him at his factory two years ago. He fired her for starting a strike for more pay. Mr Birling thought he did the right thing and denies that this had anything to do with her death, "I was quite justified". (Pg.17). His attitude towards the girls' death gives us the impression that he is snobby and doesn't care about anybody socially below him; thus he likes Gerald because he comes from a rich family. ...read more.


Gerald went in for a drink to calm him from a day's work. Being so Pretty, Daisy obviously stood out from the rest of the prostitutes "But then I noticed a girl who looked quite different." (Pg.34) Alderman Megarty was maltreating her. She gave Gerald a look, which was unmistakably a look for help. Gerald went over and saved her from him. She told him briefly about her life, he felt sorry for her and found her a place to stay. Soon he had an affair with her; "...She became your mistress?" (Pg.37) He kept seeing her for some time then broke up with her as he was getting bored, "So I broke it off definitely..." He gave her some money to last her for a while. Daisy is obviously upset since that period was the best time of her life. She went away for a while to reminisce, "She felt there'd never be as good again for her-" (Pg.39). You could say Gerald 'played' Daisy, he used her then dumped her because he was bored. ...read more.


He started having a conversation with her and soon they got drunk. They walked back to Daisy's place, Eric was trying to sleep with her. Daisy was reluctant and tried to stop him but Eric forced his way in; daisy gave up and had sex with him. Soon after that night Daisy told Eric she was pregnant. Eric, feeling he has to, asked her to marry him; Daisy refused. Eric still feels he has a responsibility for the child, gave her some money by stealing it from his dad's office. His confessions tell us that he is a thief and very selfish. His actions are immature due to his frequent drinking. He owns up to his actions and shows us he has the potential to change for the better. So who is to blame for Daisy Renton's death? Personally I think all of them is to be blamed. Daisy was already in a deep hole, struggling to get out. All of the characters help to cover the hole and 'seal her fate'. As the inspector said, "we are all part one body", they had to do their work properly for the body to function smoothly. ...read more.

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