Eva Smith

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  • Eva Smith
    • ‘burnt her out, of course'
      • Shock the Birlings into reality
        • shocks the capitalist audience into trigger them into thinking with socialist views as they know the extremity of what can happen due to their actions
          • Used as morality play after WW2 when England was rebuilding: Priestley wanted people to have socialist and less stereotypical views;
    • ‘Smith’ and ‘Renton’
      • Smith- Common working surname: there are many people in England with the same story and suffering as Eva
        • Working: she has to scrimp and save to make ends meet: makes the reader pity her
      • ‘Renton’- She was ‘rented’ and used by a lot of people eg, Gerald Croft
    • Stops Eric from stealing
      • Goes against Mrs Birling’s(girls of that class) and other capitalist views that proletariat are immoral: although she was deprived + in danger, she didn’t let Eric steal for her
      • Eric did steal though, showing: he may be bourgeoisie but he stole, and the ruling class is flawed
        • ‘Blackout in Gretley’ is Priestley’s wartime novel written in 1942 where he depicts the bourgeoisie worse than the Birlings British aristocracy are more related with fascism(power in small social elite) rather than democracy/equality
          • Goes against Mrs Birling’s(girls of that class) and other capitalist views that proletariat are immoral: although she was deprived + in danger, she didn’t let Eric steal for her
    • When she committed suicide, child died as well
      • The bourgeoisie will suffer similar losses such as the Birling's(a child) if they don't help the proletariat
      • Shows the desperation proletariat have: kill themselves

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