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AN INSPECTOR CALLS WHO IN YOUR OWN OPINION IS THE MOST RESPONIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF EVA SMITH? USE EVIDENCE FROM THE TEXT TO JUSTIFY YOUR OPINION. INTRODUCTION The play 'An Inspector Calls' by John Boynton Priestley is about a young woman by the name of Eva Smith who committed suicide due to a series of encounters with a family and a gentleman. JB Priestley wrote this play in 1945 after the war (WW2) but intentionally set it in 1912 which was before the war. All three acts which are continuous were set in the dining room of the family's house in Brumley, an industrial city in the North Midlands. This family by the name of 'The Birlings' were prosperous and came from the-upper class; they are exceptionally popular and highly cherished in their community. The father of 'The Birlings' family owned a great business and it involved the production and usage of factories. The young gentleman however came from the even wealthier 'Croft Family'. The Croft family owned an even greater business which made a very large quantity of money. This meant that there was tension and business competition between the two families. The gentleman's name is Gerald Croft, he and the Birling family all took part in making Eva's life despondent one way or another and they all ultimately drove her to commit suicide. MR ARTHUR BIRLING Mr Birling first met Eva Smith when she worked at his factory. ...read more.


Gerald seems to be quite smart and he knows a lot when it comes to business and industries. Gerald Croft, who is affianced to Sheila Birling, had met Eva Smith or Daisy Renton as she called herself in the palace music hall specifically in the stalls bar. Gerald describes this bar as: "A favourite haunt of women of the town", this is shown in act two. Gerald evidentially doesn't think much of this bar but, he mentions in act two that he dropped in because it was a long dull day. Gerald then noticed a girl who stood out from the rest because according to Gerald Croft the other women were: "Dough faced woman". Gerald describes Eva Smith as: "Very pretty-soft brown hair and big dark eyes". Gerald notices that she was being bothered by someone, according to Gerald it was: "Old Joe Meggarty, half drunk and goggle eyed". He had Eva Smith wedged up into a corner. Gerald called this man: "A notorious womaniser". Gerald reacted swift and got rid of Meggarty by telling him some twaddle about the manager wanting to see him. Gerald then asked Eva Smith to let him take her away from the rotten palace bar, she agreed at once. Gerald took her to the county-hotel where there was peace and tranquillity. Gerald and Eva started to make conversation and they started talking about each other. ...read more.


No matter how sorry they are they can't change the fact that Eva and her baby are dead. The older characters show less affection and deny guilt however; the young characters show a lot of affection and regret fullness. The young ones seem to have learnt a lesson and the elders haven't. One by one the Birlings and the family used Eva like a toy and treated her with great insolence until; Mrs Birling gave her that last push and convinced her to commit suicide. In this play what JB Priestley tries to convey to the readers and audience is that everyone is equal in the eyes of God. No one should be treated differently than others. The message JB Priestley is trying to show is that people shouldn't show any discrimination to the poor and less privileged and there should be a balance in equality. In this play the Inspector (Inspector Goole) is a very strong character and gives a supernatural feeling to the audience and readers. The Inspector has a confident spirit and scares the Birlings and Gerald Croft into confessing. The Inspectors intention is to serve justice and teach the Birlings a lesson they will never forget. To strengthen his intentions the Inspector says: "If men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night". This ultimate quotation displays the confident thought of the inspector that if the people don't stop being prejudice and discriminating people of other class, race, faith etc. then they will suffer for it in hell. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework ...read more.

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