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To what extent can the tragedy of Eva Smith be blamed on the society in which she lived?

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Drama essay on 'An Inspector calls' To what extent can the tragedy of Eva Smith be blamed on the society in which she lived? In this essay I will explain who I feel is most responsible for Eva Smith's death, by examining each character's contribution to the tragedy. I will also illustrate to what extent her death can be blamed on the society she lived in. In 1912 the society in which Eva Smith lived was very strict with a class system that split England up into wealthy and poor people with no classes dividing them. The sailing of the titanic was one of the feature points for that year. The navy was unchallenged and there were no help from the state to support the poor, no DHSS or NHS and the average life expectancy was around 46. There were advances in technology mass media being one, the developing of motorcars was introduced but only available for those who were rich enough to afford one. Trade unions had also started to gain power in the society, there were strikes from coal miners about work costs and conditions and the campaign for women's rights had begun. I will demonstrate what I think Mr Arthur Birling had to do with the death. He is a pompous, self-serving business man who seems to have a high opinion of himself. ...read more.


for a drink' this shows he had no intentions of meeting anyone, only to have a nice quite drink he also claimed that Daisy looked 'young, fresh and charming' and he saw that Alderman Meggarty had wedged her into a corner with his 'obscene fat carcass...' this girl had given him a look as though it was a cry for help, he decide to go and tell Alderman Meggarty that the manager had a message for him and him and girl then left. The night didn't end there though because they went onto the County Hotel a quieter place to drink, Eva didn't get drunk as it says 'she only had a port and lemonade' which also shows that he never got her drunk and had no thought of to either. Here's where they arranged to meet again. Gerald allowed Daisy to survive a little longer. He was very generous to Daisy, providing her with enough money to survive and also free accommodation. Although he did eventually desert her, Daisy was prepared for this as their classes were very different Gerald was a wealthy upper class man and she was a lower class working women, in that time people were expected to know their place in society, so people from different classes were not allowed to get involved with each other as they would have been frowned upon by people in power due to ...read more.


Arthur, Sheila, Gerald, Eric and Sybil are all as responsible as one another. Not at any point in Eva's life did either of them take her feelings into consideration but continued to carry out their own lives, not caring for anyone except from themselves. In all Honesty I truly think that Mr Birling is the character to blame as if he never sacked Eva in the first place, then the chain of events that followed would have never happened and Eva would never have committed suicide. I feel that I have shown that everybody in the Birling household and Gerald Croft were partly to blame for Eva Smith's death. As well the society in which she lived plays a major part in her tragedy. I think that throughout the book the author is trying to put this idea across in his amazing portrayal of what could happen if we do not act as a community but as individuals. Her death was provoked by a chain of events that started with her getting sacked from two jobs then being deserted, used for sex, and then to be turned away from a helping charity. These events built up enough pressure to make her kill herself, as she did not have anything left to aim for, no job, money, turned away from help and no one to love. If Mr Birling hadn't of sacked her in the first place, then none of these other events would have happened. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jason Thurgood 11/3 01/05/2007 ...read more.

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