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Mrs. Birling the Culprit of Eva's Suicide

  • Date Submitted: 01/29/2011 04:58 AM
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“An Inspector Calls” is a play which was written by John Boynton
Priestley.“An Inspector Calls” is a play about a family called the
Birling family. One day, when they were celebrating the engagement of
their daughter, Sheila, and when they were having fun, an inspector
comes, and turns the happy night into misery.

Every character gives a first impression,the first person that seems
to be responsible for the death of Eva Smith was Mr. Birling. He was
the owner of a mill and hired Eva Smith to work there. He admitted
that she worked well but had to make her redundant due to her asking
for an increase in wages and protesting against Mr. Birling not giving
her a rise. “We were paying the usual rates and if they didn’t like
those rates, they could go work somewhere else. It’s a free country,”
says Mr. Birling.

From Mr. Birling’s actions it does not seem to be the responsibility
of Mr. Birling for the death of Eva Smith. He was looking at the best
interests of his firm and it his firm would not run very efficiently
with a troublemaker. I also think he is not responsible because Eva
Smith must have thought of the consequences of protesting against low

The next person that seemed to be responsible for the death of Eva
Smith was Sheila Birling. After Eva Smith was made redundant from the
mills she managed to get a job at Milwards, a respectable upper class
department store. Sheila complained to the manager of Milwards because
Eva Smith giggled at her when she was trying on a hat.

I think that Sheila’s action of complaining to the manager of Milwards
can be justified. Sheila was jealous of Eva being prettier, being of
an upper class family to fire Eva Smith which I think, is very unfair.
Although Eva Smith was made redundant once again I think that Sheila
did contribute to the death of Eva Smith but is not the most
responsible person. When Sheila went shopping that day at Milwards she
was prepared to...


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