An Inspector Calls - Synopsis
It's a comfortable night in springtime and the Birling Family and
Mr.Croft are celebrating the engagement on their daughter Sheila to
Mr.Croft. Its all going so well the whole family are wallowing in
their self pride. There is a knock an the door, an inspector calls. As
the inspector starts to break down the party, we start to understand
more to the story. The inspector tells the group that there has
recently been a suicide; by a girl name Eva Smith. He explains to the
group how together it was of their doings that forced this girl to
Mr Birling, a prosperous manufacturer employed Eva Smith at his
factory. While working at his factory Eva Smith started a strike
asking for higher pay rise which resulted in her sack.
She managed to get a new job in a shop that was very popular among the
Birling family. Sheila being the stuck up child that she is was
shopping in there one day when she was trying on a certain garment and
believed this Eva Smith was smirking at her. She complained to the
shop resulting in Eva's second sacking.
Gerald Croft unsurprisingly also had a part to play in this. But, he
knew Eva Smith as Daisy Renton when he met her in the Palace Bar.
Daisy is impressed with Gerald, the way he has made something
worthwhile in her life, added some quality into her life. I believe he
is least to blame out of the 5, he bought a little enjoyment into her
life, and he treated her like a lady, even if it was just for short
period of time.
Eric Birling is a drunk and he insists on going home with Daisy, and
slept with her on a few occasions resulting in her pregnancy. But, Eva
refuses to marry Eric because she knows that he does not love her.
Eric does try to other his financial support by giving her money which
was stolen from his Father's factory. Although, Gerald and Eric both
had a sexual relationship with Daisy, I believe that Gerald actually
had genuine feelings for Daisy rather than a drunken sexual