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Who do you feel is the most responsible for the death of Eva Smith?

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Essay Question Josie Richards - 10S Who do you feel is the most responsible for the death of Eva Smith? There is no definite answer to this question; each of the characters in ' An Inspector Calls' plays a vital role in Eva smith's death. No one can say it was solely one character's responsibility; they all, one by one, drove this girl to suicide. I feel the least responsible was Gerald. He provided a small period of happiness for Eva Smith, as well as a source of income for this time. When Gerald left Eva, she knew it wouldn't have been a long affair and there is also evidence that she was surprised at how long it did last. "She told me that she's been happier than she had ever been before - but that she knew it couldn't last - hadn't expected it to last. " Gerald had a secret affair with Eva smith over the summer when he allegedly supposed to be busy with his business. ...read more.


" - She'd been working in one of our machine shops for over a year. A good worker too." She did in fact find a better job at Milwards: a respectable store with much higher pay. This emphasises my point that there were other jobs available and that being fired from one job should have been the end of the line for Eva Smith. Although this may have started the downward fall for Eva Smith she was able to get herself up on her feet again. Her being fired from Milwards was no business of Mr Birling's. However it did put Eva's moral down which proved much more difficult to build up. Mr Birling didn't, however, have any remorse about what he did. He felt he was completely justified although he did feel slight sorrow for her suicide. He didn't feel at all responsible. "Still, I can't accept any responsibility. If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we'd had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn't it? I feel Sheila was slightly more responsible for Eva's death than her father. ...read more.


I doubt she would have been able to pick herself off her feet at this stage. Her moral was lower than previous stages. This meant that she wouldn't have had a desire or made any effort to pick herself of her feet. However, there were options to assist her. For example, the Brumley Woman's Organisation charity would have been an option, or other charities. There were ways around this situation. Eric did accept his responsibility to a certain extent though. He attempted to get money to support the mother and baby. Eva soon found out it was stolen and would not accept it. He may not have acted mature in his ways of getting money but he panicked and had no other way of getting it fast. This shows his immaturity and the lack of communication between himself and his family. There is much evidence in the text that Eric felt remorse for his actions. However it seems to me that part of his display of emotions was to manoeuvre himself out of trouble with his parents. " http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database Click here to visit Coursework.Info/ ...read more.

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