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The Death Of Eva Smith In J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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The Death of Eva Smith in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

In “An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley the responsibility for the
death of Eva Smith is shared between the whole Birling family
including Gerald Croft. They each contributed with one small thing
that when put together drove Eva smith to suicide.

The first in the chain of events, which led to Eva’s death, was when
Mr Birling sacked her from his factory. Eva Smith was a good worker
so Mr Birling put her in charge of a group of workers, this increased
Eva’s confidence in herself and her abilities, which helped her become
a ringleader in a group of girls who wanted a higher wage. They asked
for more money and Mr Birling refused, if he increased their wages he
would have to increase the cost of the clothes too and that would not
have gone down well with business.

“Well, it’s my duty to keep labour costs down

and if I’d agreed to this demand for a new rate

we’d have added about twelve percent to our labour costs.”

So the girls went on strike. Eventually the girls had to give up the
strike and Mr Birling let them get back to work except for the
ringleaders whom he sacked for being a nuisance and causing trouble in
the factory.

“Well, we let them all comeback- at the old

rates except for the four or five ringleaders,

who’d started the trouble. I went down myself

and told them to clear out.”

If Mr Birling had given the girls a second chance or punished them in
a different way Eva smith’s suicide would probably have been
prevented. Mr Birling was too stuck up in his own business and class
to think about the feelings of the girls he fired. Although Mr Birling
isn’t entirely responsible for her death he started the whole thing
off.

The next in the chain was Sheila, Mr Birling’s daughter. Sheila got
Eva fired from millwoods after getting jealous because Eva looked
prettier in a dress than she did. Eva’s job in millwoods meant a lot
to her because it was the first well-paid decent job shed had after
being fired from the factory, and when she got fired from millwoods
she must have just gave up there was nothing left for her to do she
thought she was useless after being fired from two well paid jobs. At
the time Sheila didn’t care about what would happen to the lower class
girl she got fired, she thought she would just get another job and get
on with her life. Soon after Sheila realised what shed done and felt
really rotten but it was too late.

“it didn’t seem to be very terrible at the time.

Don’t you understand? And if I could help

her now, I
would-’’

The third in the chain was Gerald Croft. Gerald met Eva, who had
changed her name to Daisy Renton, in a bar one late night and saw that
she was being harassed by a...

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