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Which character from An Inspector Call learns most from Eva Smith's death

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Which character from An Inspector Call learns most from Eva Smith's death. An Inspector Calls is basically a 'who is to blame' mystery. It is written by J.B priestly. The play is set in 1912 in a wealthy businessman's dining room, who is celebrating his daughter's engagement. The characters in this scene are Mr and Mrs Birling, their son Eric, daughter Sheila and her fianc� Gerald Croft and later on in the play we meet Inspector Goole. J.B Priestly was a patriotic socialist who championed social change to benefit the poor. This is reflected in an Inspector calls which was written in 1947 and reflects with the hindsight on the social, cultural and historical elements as well as references to class, morals and political views. The play is moralistic and the character of the inspector acts as a catalyst whilst investigating the suicide of a young girl called Eva Smith. There is also some irony in the play because at the beginning Arthur Birling talks about how great the Titanic is and how it's unsinkable. ...read more.

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Gerald tries to cover up what he has done. At the end of Act 1 he appears to be a gentlemen but later we discover that he has acted like a womaniser. Mrs Birling refuses to accept responsibility because she feels that she generally made the correct decision not to accept her Eva's claim. 'To behave sensibly, Sheila which is more than your doing' shows that Mrs Birling is continually passing on the blame and not taking any herself. Eric is guilty but maybe you can excuse him because of his alcoholism. I think there is a change in attitudes towards how Eva Smith was treated. I believe that Sheila has changed her attitude the most as she realises that her behaviour was not acceptable and she feels she is partly to blame. 'I know I'm to blame' shows she has realised her behaviour was poor and regrets it. The character that learns the most is Sheila. She has learned that she can't be jealous or envious, the things you say and do will effect others and not to use name/states to get what she wants. ...read more.

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Unfortunately though after a small period of fun with Gerald Croft her life slowly deteriorated again. Eva comes across as being a much better person than the Birlings as she does not take the chance to tell Mrs Birling that her son got her pregnant. As Eva never appears on stage she is only a representative of the lower class citizens and because she is so blameless she highlights the faults of the Birlings such as greed, jealousy and selfishness. I believe that Eva Smith was completely blameless although she did have the choice to end her life or not. The actions of the Birling's led to her death. In conclusion to the original question 'Which character from An Inspector Calls learns the most from Eva Smith's death?'. I think that Eric and Sheila have learned the most as Eric has learned that he has to cut down on the drink and his actions have consequences, and Sheila has learned not to be jealous, things you say and do will effect6 others and not to use name/states to get what she wants. ...read more.

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