Essay about An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestly Who killed Eva Smith?
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An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestly Who killed Eva Smith?
There are many different factors involved with the death of Eva Smith that should be considered while asking the question whom ultimately killed Eva Smith. Each one of the Birling family (including Gerald
Croft) pushed Eva Smith that extra bit closer to killing herself, but no one person was individually responsible for her death. Whether one person was more to blame than any other it is hard to say. Although these people contributed to her unfortunate end to life, her position in life and society are also greatly to blame.
It is Mr. Arthur Birling who starts off the train of events, as he is the first to come in to contact with Eva Smith. Mr. Birling sacked Eva
Smith…show more content… And a nasty mess you've made of it now, haven't you?' to the inspector. He overlooks the fact that this young girl, who had her whole life ahead of her, cut her life short, and he just carries on, as if nothing has happened. Maybe he sees it as unimportant because she was of lower class, and meant pretty much nothing to him apart from being cheap labour, where as he was an influential and respected man within the community. We see Mr. Birling as being a dishonest, hostile, pompous character and don't accept that in fact, he hasn't done anything particularly out of line. J.B.Priestly has portrayed Birling to be like this so that it doesn't matter that his role in Evas' death was so minor and insignificant, the audience ends up hating Birling as much, if not more, than the other characters. He's portrayed as the sort of person that everyone loves to hate.
Sheila is the second person that the inspector turns to, to question.
Her part in the story began because she was in a 'furious temper', and was jealous of Eva because she was a 'very pretty girl too - with big dark eyes'. As Sheila Birling tries on a dress at Milwards she notices
Eva Smith smiling at an assistant as if to say "Doesn't she look awful", this enraged Sheila. She wrongfully used her position as an important and appreciated customer at Milwards to have her dismissed from her job there.
Although her actions here show her to