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Hi everyone!
I have this question that I need help with! :
"Who is the most responsible for the death of Eva Smith?"
Does anybody have any tips? Or what should I include? Any quotes?
Thanks!
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so to start off with, on a spare piece of paper,name the three characters you think are most responsible for Eva's death
then rank them into who overall is most to least responsible

now when you're writing:
write about each character individually, maybe doing 1-2 paragraphs for each of your three characters analysing a different quote each time. eg. however, i think that ..... is also responsible for eva smith's death .....

then in your conclusion make sure to say who overall is the most responsible :yes: this means that you have answered the question properly by summing it up and giving your opinion

hope this helped
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Thanks, I've just finished the plan and now onto writing my essay. Is it possible once I'm done if you could have a look at it for me?
I've never done an essay before on An inspector calls, so not sure if it's enough detail, or too much. If you know what I mean?
Thanks, Hazza
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(Original post by Hazzabear)
Thanks, I've just finished the plan and now onto writing my essay. Is it possible once I'm done if you could have a look at it for me?
I've never done an essay before on An inspector calls, so not sure if it's enough detail, or too much. If you know what I mean?
Thanks, Hazza
Yep, I’ll have a look at it do you want to post it on here when you’ve finished it?
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Yeah, I can do, I'm not sure how else to do it haha.
Kind of a newbie here lol x
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Hey, I did this text a few years ago in English and we had to write an essay on this precise topic. Iirc, I concluded that Mr Birling was most responsible as he triggered the entire situation; there was a lot of evidence in the text to support this. I'd also argue Eric was also considerably responsible and that he was the direct reason for her suicide. Also, if you have time, maybe consider the theme of Supernatural and perhaps discuss the role of Inspector Ghoul and what/who you think he is and what he represents. I really enjoyed this text
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Finally finished the essay! The mark scheme says its out of 30 marks. If possible, if anybody reads it could you please give a suggested grade for this essay and a mark out of 30. Thanks, any tips to make this essay will be great.


An inspector calls is first seemed to be a murder mystery. However, once you start to learn each of the characters roles, they are involved in this catastrophic murder mystery. Priestley, the playwright has created this book to get across the idea of socialists and capitalists and how everyone should be treated with equality. He's learnt this by his own experience in life. As he was in the war (ww1) and then during the second world war he was an advocate for Britain to show we must stand by one another and to get through the war together. In my opinion, the reason Priestley created this book is to show what happens if we don't accept responsibility for our mistakes.

Priestley examines many themes during the play, to portray a strong message to the audience. J.B.P uses dramatic irony throughout the play to create an atmosphere in which the audience know that the character's world is going to go through terrible changes. However, the characters do not know this as Mr. Birling makes a speech about the titanic how it's "unsinkable" and how there is no "chance of war". The playwright also used dramatic irony to show how invisible this middle-class family was. The main theme Priestley discusses in an inspector calls is social responsibility to promote and criticize the problems caused by the class divide. Priestley wanted to convey his socialist ideas as an individual, so he created this ordeal of a character who was known as Inspector Goole as his focus to show that it doesn't take great people to change the world- as we can change the world any day by just treating everyone with respect.

Priestley creates the character Mr. Birling. Who is a "hard-headed businessman", he is also a patriarchal as he rules the family as we notice during the play. Mr. birling's reviews on social responsibility are that it's "nonsense" and that the interest of business is more important than worker's rights. However, Mr. birling has a huge involvement with the death of Eva Smith as he is one of the main characters that are responsible. As Mr. Birling is the one who sacked Eva from Millard’s; after having a request from Sheila to sack Eva. As she was "prettier" than Sheila. However, it isn't just Sheila’s fault as when Eva was working at Millard’s, Mr. birling refused for her to receive higher wages and he made their life in the workhouse awful. This shows that he is selfish and is defiantly a capitalist because of his views.

However, I also feel that Eric is considerably responsible as he is the direct reason for her suicide. Even though he tried to help Eva Smith; his first encounter with Eva Smith caused Eva to become pregnant as he forced Eva to do it whilst he was drunk. He notes during the play that he was too drunk to remember it happening. On the other hand, we find out that he has stolen money from Mr. birling's business to try to support her, which could suggest maybe he is trying to help Eva out but doesn't know what to do, perhaps. But at the end of the play, Priestley's character (Eric) accepts responsibility and he say he'll never forget what he has learnt. This is completely the opposite of Mr. and Mrs. Birling where they do not accept what has happened which shows how ignorant their family is. It's almost as if the younger generation is more sensible and understands their mistakes. Compared to the older generation where they refuse any acceptance in it. Even though the truth is visible.

Priestley has cleverly included all the characters to show that everyone is responsible for the death of Eva Smith, no matter how little nor how big their involvement was. Even Mrs. birling; whom we first thought she was an altruistic as she was devoted to her charity, but she refuses to help a girl "in her position". As she feels that Eva Smith is trying to just use Mrs. birling for her money. The reason Priestley creates this character who is devoted to her etiquette and her social standards is to show that even people with those sorts of standards can still be a "snob" and incredibly selfish. Furthermore, Mrs. Birling is outraged that Eva Smith would pretend to have the "fine feelings" of a higher-class citizen and for this Mrs. B refuses to help this absurd girl because she finds out that her surname is apparently 'Birling' so her outraged temper causes her to refuse any help to Eva. Leaving Eva in an insecure state. Lastly, Priestley uses stage directions to show how she answers to the inspector as "very sharply" and "bitterly". This could imply Mrs. birling can't deal with the responsibility and that she now realises the truth is being exposed as she does not "accept no blame for it at all".
To conclude, Mr. Birling and Sheila are the most responsible out of them all. As they technically triggered the entire situation. By Sheila being embarrassed as a working-class citizen was prettier than she was.
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Always refer to him as Priestly instead of JBP
I’m sorry to say, but your first paragraph is completely irrelevant and does that help or answer the question.


You need to do some word analysis :yes: this is describing what the quote means.

Mr birling did not sack Eva from Milwards (milwards not millards!) that was Sheila

Try and put some quotes in the eric paragraph, and say what the quote means

At the end of each paragraph you need to say how that character is responsible for Eva’s death.
Also your last paragraph finishes very abruptly, I think you need at least another sentence describing how mr birling is responsible.

On the whole, it’s good :yep: but the quote analysis is key
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Okay, thanks for your ideas... On the whole, what grade would you suggest I'd if receive I did that in the exam?

-Going to relook at the essay and make the corrections =) -
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http://www.bentonpark.org.uk/force_download.cfm?id=1283

https://prezi.com/m/skqt07ncawxo/is-...-of-eva-smith/

Hope that helps :-)
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(Original post by Hazzabear)
Okay, thanks for your ideas... On the whole, what grade would you suggest I'd if receive I did that in the exam?

-Going to relook at the essay and make the corrections =) -
I would give you 18 marks because you do answer the question but not clearly enough and also have not given context. Also, you should try to apply a x2 thesis at the start of each paragraph- this is where you link your point for the paragraph with context
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sparknotes will help and remember to integrate your quotes effectively
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