How did Gerald Croft contribute to Eva's death?

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Like how, if anything he prevented it for some time by providing Eva with care and support for some time which could have prevented her from dying sooner. Unlike Sheila and Mr Birling I don't see how this negatively impacted Eva at all.
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It's implied that Gerald did love Eva however, due to him being her social superior he disposed of her when it suited him, abusing his social superiority and demonstratinf perfectly how priestly thought the upper classes to be ignorant, manipulating and abusive of the lower classes
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(Original post by denyagoss)
It's implied that Gerald did love Eva however, due to him being her social superior he disposed of her when it suited him, abusing his social superiority and demonstratinf perfectly how priestly thought the upper classes to be ignorant, manipulating and abusive of the lower classes
So that represents the upper class in a harsh manner, but how did it contribute to Eva's death?
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I think that his disposal of her reiterated the previous impression given to her that her class lessened her value? Like for instance if Eva Smith was of a higher class Gerald arguably would never have treat her the way he had
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tI never thought he contributed to her death its self, as he made her happy for sometime as the Inspector said once, and it kind of slowed things down

but nevertheless he did use her when it suited him and that is more the exploitation in my opinion and unfair treatment of the lower class that is never justified
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I think it's the fact that Eva still loved him when he left and so when he left relatively suddenly she suddenly had nothing and that was such a stark difference to the love she had felt before. I guess it made her realise how many things she wanted in her life but couldn't get such as love and stability and so him leaving again was just conformation that nobody would stay with her or help her and so she killed herself.
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When Gerald rescued her from the Palace Bar she was hungry and desperate. He used his money and contacts to temporarily give her security, but then also used her for sex. And then when it was no longer convenient, he ended the deal, gave her some cash and waved her goodbye. He didn't make the situation for her any worse, but at the end of the relationship she was back exactly where she started - selling herself in the Palace Bar.
Gerald had the perfect opportunity to help her and may have had good intentions at first, but like Mr Birling and Eric he thought that a problem could be made to go away by throwing money at it.

I think Gerald was included to provide more of a range of characters. The Birlings all have features that make them appear as stereotypical villains. Gerald offers a slightly more sympathetic character, perhaps to add a small sense of balance.
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Yes i agree lit teacher
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I mean, the Inspector states before his speech that Gerald kept her happy for a moment. Gerald's involvement with Eva, caused her to fall for him and this was just wrongful, because he was aware that Eva cannot have him due to social separations. Besides, Gerald did not feel the same way for Eva as she did for him. I believe the Birlings contributed moreso, with Eric raping and impregnating her, Arthur firing her and beginning this mess, Sybil denying her help to her dreadful situation, Sheila firing her from emotional instability.
That seems like a hard question and hopefully AQA are nice enough to give you something better.
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He made her feel valued but also at the same time lead her on for a long time. He however cut ties with Daisy Renton when he realised how her intensifying love for him would affect him negatively. He abused his social advantages when he decide to support her financially and in return gained sexual intercourse from the 'young and pretty' girl. Gerald left her and Daisy Renton went further down her path to sucide.
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