An Inspector Calls-
Who is the most to blame for the death of Eva Smith?
A short way into the start of the story, an inspector calls in on the Birling family to question them about some recent events concerning a girl called Eva Smith. It turns out that she had recently committed suicide by drinking some disinfectant. As the story moves on, the inspector finds that all the family members- Mr B, Mrs B, Sheila, Eric and Gerald- all had some responsibility in her death. It is because of this that it is difficult to determine who is the most to blame.
The character I feel is the last to blame is Gerald. I think this because after he saw her being wedged into a corner by a drunken Joe Meggarty in the palace bar, he took it upon himself to “rescue” her. He took her to a hotel bar to have a drink and then he got to know her better. He found out that she had no job and no money and no-where to live and so when Gerald’s friend, Charlie Brunswick, had given him a key to a little set of rooms he owned, he thought it would be a kind thing to let her stay there an little while. It is because of this that I feel Gerald is the least to blame. He took care of her when she was desperate for some help. When he felt that his relationship with Eva became too intense, he ended it, partly because he felt he was betraying Sheila: “so I broke it off definitely”. Eva took this very well and so I do not think it contributed to her committing suicide.
The next character who I believe is least to blame is Sheila. I think this because all the way through the story she seems very upset over the whole incident and also feels guilty for her part in Eva’s death.
Sheila abused her power as a valued customer and ended up getting Eva sacked for no reason. When she was shopping at Milwards and tried on a dress, she looked at herself in the mirror she caught a glimpse of the shop assistant smiling to herself as if to say ‘doesn’t she look awful.’ Sheila took this personally and made a...