Eva Smith Analysis

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Who Is She?

  • Protaganist ( along with the Inspector )
  • Connects characters together
  • Highlights the rich/poor in society (social class divisions)
  • Shows everything wrong in 1912
  • Makes the audience question their own actions and morale
  • Makes the audience feel sympathy + questiom everyay decisions
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Birling and Eva

  • He fired her from her job due to riots - "She was one of my employees and then I discharged her"
  • He was unsympathetic towards her death even knowing her whole story of how she died  (stood by the decision of firing her) - pg17 "I've told you all I know - and it doesn't seem very important"
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Sheila and Eva

  • Got her fired from her second job at Milwards; This was due to her not liking how a dress looked on  her, but got jealous of Eva Smith - pg23 " I went to the manager at Milwards and I told them .. I'd never go near that place again .. I'd persuade mother to cloe our account
  • Eva Smith makes Sheila feel guilty for what she did
  • Sheila is also angry at the others for being heartless (MRS.B) 
  • When she realises it is her fault - "She looks at it closely, recognises it ith a little cry .. and then runs out"
  • Pg 45 " (with feeling) Mother, I think it was cruel and vile
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Gerald and Eva

  • He saw her and felt sorry for her and decided to give her a home
  • Eva Smith affected Gerald so he felt bad about leaving her
  • Pg39 'as I'm rather more -upset- by this buisness than I probably seem to be'
  • Pg45 'So I insisted on Daisy moving into those rooms and I made her take some money to keep her goin there' 
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Mrs B and Eva

  • Refused to give her help when she went to Mrs B's organisation
  • Was pregnant at the time
  • Pg 45 'I'll tell you what I told her. Go and look for the father of the child. It is his responsibility'
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Mrs B and Eva

  • Refused to give her help when she went to Mrs B's organisation
  • Was pregnant at the time
  • Pg 45 'I'll tell you what I told her. Go and look for the father of the child. It is his responsibility'
  • Pg 43 'I think she had only herself to blame'
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Eric and Eva

  • Was pregnant with his child
  • He wanted to change because of the guilt he took her to in the end
  • Angry at the mum and dad for not being sympathetic
  • Eva believed him to be too immature
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