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WHO IS MOST TO BLAME FOR THE DEATH OF EVA SMITH?

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'AN INSPECTOR CALLS' WHO IS MOST TO BLAME FOR THE DEATH OF EVA SMITH? In the play 'an inspector calls' by J.B. Priestly, the Birlings' inability to take responsibility for their own actions is exposed by the visiting inspectors. In this essay I will discuss how each of the Birlings and Gerald Croft get accused and how they respond to the inspector. You cant really put the blame on one person because they all had their own part to play in the death of Eva Smith without really looking into the play further, which I will do. The character I am discussing in this paragraph is Mr. Birling. I am starting with him because he is the first to be interviewed by the inspector. Mr. Birling is partly to blame for the death of Eva Smith because after she came back from her holiday and went on strike Mr. Birling fired her. 'And so was the strike. Pitiful affair', 'we let them all come back except four or five ringleaders'. Gerald believes that Mr Birling was right to fire Eva smith from the works 'you couldn't have done anything else' and on page 17 'we'd have done the same thing'. ...read more.

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Also I think this because they both agreed to split up and so Eva was partly responsible. The quick fling could have helped her because when the broke up Gerald gave Eva some money to "See her through the year." Gerald also says, "She knew it wouldn't last" which shows that it was just a temporary relationship that both of them knew would not last that long because Gerald had Sheila. After Eva had finished her relationship with Gerald, she met Eric 'In 'the palace bar'. This relationship got so serious that Eva Smith eventually got pregnant. She told Eric that she was pregnant' she told me that she thought she was going to have a baby'. Eric gave Eva a lot of money, which he had stolen from his dad 'I got it from the office' and then left her by herself. Eva Smith must have known that this relationship would have been like any other ones she had had before and it might not work out between the two of them. I think that this contributed because it would have made Eva feel like she still could not get a serious relationship and only could attract bad luck. ...read more.

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In my opinion I think that Eva would have thought that she had no real reason to live and being a single mother with no money would be too hard on her and the child. All this was due to the selfishness and pride of Mrs. Birling. Even though everyone played some sort of role in leading Eva Smiths death whever it was a big or small part, Mrs. Birling did not show the slightest bit of sorrow or even feel bad for the girl unlike the other characters that played their part in her death. This gave me the image of Mrs. Birling being a very cold and proud lady who only cared about herself and her immediate family. Eva Smith's whole life fell apart because she had no money, no morale support, no family or friends and was lumbered with the responsibility to take care of child all alone. But Mr. Birling was the one who started the reaction of events that led to her getting fired, which shows that it was the older generation that had been the main reason for her death, because Sheila and Eric both felt bad when they realised what they had done while Mr. and Mrs. Birling where only interested in their self pride. ...read more.

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