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Who is to blame for the death of Eva Smith? Although police records will always record the death of Eva Smith as suicide the story of what lead her to this act is much more complex with various characters from 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestly playing there part in her attitude to life and her want to end it. Firstly, there is Mr. Birling, an affluent man in his middle fifties. Eva Smith worked for him before he sacked her for asking for a pay rise the inspector was not prepared to pay. For this reason the inspector fells that that he may be responsible, if only in part, for the death of Eva Smith. Birling is understandably annoyed by such allegations from the inspector as he explains he dismissed her nearly two years ago, but as the inspector explains, 'what happened to her may have determined what happened afterwards (and this) ...read more.


However, Sheila's reaction to this information is very different to that of Mr. Birling's. While explaining her story to the inspector she says, 'I've noticed them giving me a sort of look sometimes at Milwards...why had this to happen?' as well as a stage direction which reads 'She almost brakes down, but just controls herself'. This gives the impression that she feels truly distressed by the news and truly feels that she has played a significant part in her death. Another character involved was Gerald who met Eva Smith when under the name of Daisy Renton (we later learn they are not the same person). He met her in the Palace Bar and felt sorry for her and the predicament she was in, with no money and about to be thrown out of her house. ...read more.


I wish to God she had now. Perhaps I'd feel better about it.' In conclusion, it seems that most of the characters in 'An Inspector Calls' played some part in Eva Smiths death in varying degrees. However, we find at the end of the story that they have all been talking about different people so the most important thing is what they took away from the experience and how they might change there actions tin the future. The younger members of the cast who maybe are more impressionable seem to be affected greater than other people. Namely Sheila and Gerald are distraught about the death and once they realise it was a hoax you feel that they are changed people. Whereas the likes of Mr. and Mrs. Birling are concerned they are more thankful that the family name will not go into disrepute and seem to have little interest and little effect made upon them by the events portrayed in the play. ...read more.

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