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Taking Responsibility for Eva's Death in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

Taking Responsibility for Eva's Death in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Works Cited Missing J.B.Priestley wrote "An Inspector Calls" after the Second World War; it was written after the World War as people in the higher-class thought everything was going to be okay. It was written to show how the working class were treated by the higher -class; after the World War everyone had to be responsible and look out for each other. Priestley wrote about a higher-class family called the Birlings who were all responsible for killing a young woman in the working class called Eva Smith. Although Eva's suicide caused emotional distress, it is important to consider just how much each character was involved in driving Eva to commit suicide. The play gives the audience a chance to see how responsible the higher-class families were. The inspector was introduced in this play for moral guidance and to see how the characters react to the suicide of this beautiful young women's death. Mr Birling was a man of his work, a high-class man with responsibilities to the society and his family. Mrs Birling a charity worker was very stuck up and treated working class unpleasantly. Sheila and Eric Birling the younger members of the family are able to learn and show signs of maturity, but are not able to communicate with the lower-class people as they have very proud parents, on the other hand Mr and Mrs Birling are not able to do that as they think of no one but themselves; they are unable to understand that everyone has feelings and if you hurt someone it may affect the rest of their lives. Sheila and Eric understand why the inspector was there and what he was trying to do. Mr Birling is the most responsible for Eva Smiths death as he was the first person harm Eva; by sacking Eva a working class woman. Mr Birling thought this would make things better at his factory as the workers had been on strike as they thought they weren't getting enough money and wanted more.

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