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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 1650 words

There are many different factors involved in the death of Eva Smith. But the question is who was to blame.

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Introduction

There are many different factors involved in the death of Eva Smith. But the question is who was to blame. Mr Birling was the first person in 'an inspector calls' who we are led to believe started off the train of events that ultimately led to the death of Eva Smith. I don't believe that Mr Birling did anything wrong towards Eva Smith after all the only thing he did was sack her from his factory after she started to cause trouble demanding higher wages. Any man in his position would have done the same. She was making trouble as Mr Birling said, 'She had a lot to say- far too much so she had to go'. Although I don't consider Mr Birling did anything wrong concerning Eva he does not come off well throughout the play as he shows himself up a number of times because of his personality. The major fault in his personality is that he seems to show no remorse for Eva who after all was a person. He seems to be a very hard man, and shows no regret for dismissing her, despite knowing that if he had not then she may still have been alive.

Middle

It seemed as if Gerald was Eva's "saviour" and I think that is how he sees himself as when he first saw her he said that she 'gave me a glance that was nothing more than a cry for help.' I Believe that he did genuinely care for Eva but he didn't love her as he admitted that: 'I didn't feel about her as she felt about me.' Gerald was fairly honest admitting his part in Eva's life fairly quickly. He had good manners and said the right thing but it is hard to decide whether he does mean what he says. Gerald seems to be quite a narrow minded character. He would never marry Eva because she was of the wrong class. In a way this says he used Eva for his own needs. Although he denies this saying, 'I want you to understand that I didn't install her there to make love to her!' However he did make her happy for a short period. He does show signs of guilt, 'She didn't blame me at all I wish to God she had now. Maybe I would have felt better about it.' Although Gerald did not feel love for Eva he did have feelings towards her as he accentuates, 'I'm rather more upset by this business than I probably appear to be.'

Conclusion

Eric is the one character that does blame another person. It is hard to know whether he does blame Mrs Birling or whether he is trying to divert the responsibility away from himself. Eva was the last person who we know was involved she committed the suicide. I do think that she must take some blame after all she was the one taking her life. She had the control. Although I don't believe you can fully blame Eva for her death, as she did not know how things would work out. I believe there is no right or wrong person to blame for Eva's death. Each person pushed Eva a little closer to choosing to take her own life, but no one person was responsible for her death. Each character contributed in some way. In my opinion they are all to blame, but some not as harshly as others. Some characters were strung along in the line of events leading to her death. When each person made Eva's life a little harder they had no idea that their actions would cause this much devastation. On their own I don't believe they would have led to Eva taking her life, but due to them all together I believe this contributed to Eva committing suicide, and this shows they all helped in a way leading to Eva Smith's death.

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