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Who Do You Think Is Responsible For Eva's Death And Why?

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Who Do You Think Is Responsible For Eva's Death And Why? "An Inspector Calls" is the story of the Birling Family, an upper middle class family in 1912 Edwardian society. The play however was first produced in 1946. Arthur Birling is a prosperous factory owner. He is well known in Brumley as was formerly mayor. He is described at the beginning of the play as a "heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties but rather provincial in his speech." He is confident that there will not be a war but as we know there was one so we begin to doubt Mr Birling's judgement. We learn that his father was knighted and that he is expecting to inherit this knighthood. We first learn of him playing a part in the death of Eva when the inspector arrives. Mr Birling had previously employed Eva smith at his factory. He sacked Eva when she requested a pay rise. He thinks of this as unacceptable and says, "I refused of course". This shows that Mr Birling's first priority is to make money. He strongly believes that "a man has to make his own way" He believes that she is inferior to him because of her class. ...read more.

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she complained about the girl because she thought she was laughing at her, and because 'she was a very pretty girl too... I couldn't be sorry for her. Although she asks "how could I know what would happen afterwards", she does not try to escape from the blame. Priestley uses her as an example of someone who is thoughtless, but not heartless: she is genuine when she says "if I could help her now I would". Priestly intends the audience to learn the lesson that good intentions are no good if they come too late. She is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible." Sheila acted Selfishly but was willing to admit to what she had done and felt very guilty and she was very apologetic. She is a contrast to her mother who is very reluctant to admit her guilt. She refuses to pretend that things are the same as they were before the inspector arrived unlike her mother and her father. Sybil Birling is described at the beginning of the novel as "about fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband's social superior." ...read more.

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Eva stopped accepting the money when she believed that it was stolen. Eric took advantage of Eva and made her pregnant as a result. He tried to make this right by committing a crime and steeling money. He admits to having done this in the novel. Mr Birling blames Eric for what all this will look like on him. He is again being self-centred and arrogant. Eric, like his sister, refuses to accept that things were the way they before they found out that the inspector was a fake. He wants his parents to admit their mistakes as freely as he has admitted his. Though he is not a particularly pleasant character, he is sincerely ashamed of his behavior and tries to change things for the better. The whole of the Birling family took advantage of Eva in some point of their lives. The least of was Gerald. He took care of her and supported her but jeopardized his relationship with Sheila to do this. The most responsible person for Eva's death was Eric. He took advantage of her, making her pregnant, and he stole money, which she then refused to take in order to help her. If the money had been his own then she may not have killed herself. ...read more.

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