Eva's Death in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls Essay

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

J.B. Priestley's play, 'An Inspector Calls', is set in the spring of 1912, in the household of an upper class family in the north of England. The plot of this dramatic play is based around the Birling family's involvement in a young woman's suicide. The Birling family consists of two parents, Arthur and Sybil Birling and their two children, Eric and Sheila. Gerald Croft is soon to become a member of the family as he has recently announced his engagement to Sheila. As the story unfolds, we find that Priestley has intentionally made it impossible to place the blame on one person but instead gives each main character a certain degree of
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As a matter of fact, Finchley told me it's exactly the same port your father gets from him." From just Birling's first line of dialogue, it shows him trying to social climb by getting just a bottle of port. Class is the most important thing in Birling's life and he doesn't care who he steps on to get to the top.

One of Birling's aspirations in life is to get his daughter, Sheila, married to the wealthy businessman Gerald Croft, who owns Croft Limited. He sees this engagement as good for business - "We may look forward to the time when Crofts and Birling's are no longer competing, but are working together for lower costs and higher prices."

Mr Birling has the tendency to be rather patronising towards the poor and the working class, leading to the oration that is essential to the plot of the play.

"But the way these cranks talk and write now, you'd think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive - community and all that nonsense."

"I've learnt that man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own- and-"

The doorbell interrupts the speech. It is the ominous Inspector Goole. The inspector enters and tells the family about the death of a young woman. Arthur Birling was the first of the family to have contact with Eva Smith. Birling primarily reacts with confusion of how is he is related. He

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