English Literature: An Inspector Calls Character Profile - Eva Smith/Daisy Renton

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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is honourable
"she didn't want to take any more money from him"
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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is attractive
"young and fresh and charming"
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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is a prostitute
"there was some woman who wanted her to go there"
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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is working class
"girls of that class" "a girl of that sort"
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Talk about the theme social class (2)
Eva lost all forms of support because other people used their power to move her on or have sex with her. Each of them felt superior to Eva because of their social class. Some productions put Eva on stage - sometimes as a Ghost.
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What information is never revealed about Eva Smith?
Her real identity. She could be the same person, or different people who are treated as the same by the Birling family. They see one working-class girl as being the same as another,
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How was Eva Smith linked to Arthur Birling?
She was one of his employees-factory worker at Birling&Company, who was a good worker but sacked for speaking up and protesting against lower wages.The dismissal is the first in a chain of events that sees the family tied up in Eva's Smith's death.
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According to the Inspector what does Eva Smith do?
Changes her name to Daisy Renton and becomes a prostitute, which is how she meets Gerald and Eric.
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How was Eva linked to Sheila?
Eva was a shop assistant at Milwards - Sheila got her sacked out of jealously for Eva/Daisy's good looks.
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How was Eva linked to Gerald?
She was a mistress to Gerald - he rescued her from the life of a prostitute but dropped her when it suited him.
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How was Eva linked to Eric?
She was a prostitute - she can't make a living this way after Eric forced her to have sex and got her pregnant while he was drunk.
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Why does Priestley make Eva/Daisy a silent, offstage character in the play?
It represents the silent, invisible and powerless members in society.
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Who speaks in defensive for Eva/Daisy?
Inspector Goole - he uses her as a symbol of the powerless working class to teach the Birlings about social responsibility and to make them realise their mistakes.
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How was Eva/Daisy trapped by her situation?
She might have no felt she had the power to make life difficult for the people who mistreated her.
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How does Eva Smith symbolise all ordinary, working-class women?
Her first name Eva - a bit like Eve, the first women (as the Bible says) Last name Smith - common last night, and it's from the word from all tradesmen.
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What is the key point the Inspector tries to tell the Birlings and the audience?
To behave responsibly towards others. There are "millions of Eva Smith and John Smiths still left" and that their chances of happiness are "intertwined with our lives"
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What is the focus of the drama and the focus of the play?
Although the focus of the drama is five people sitting around a dining table, the focus is the life&death of an unidentified&unseen woman.If they all met different girls, it doesn't matter. Eva is a mix of all the people they've ever treated badly
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What does Gerald claim about Eva/Daisy?
That she was made up of lots of different girls, "We've got no proof it was same photograph and therefore no proof it was the same girl"
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What evidence is there to possibly prove that Eva Smith and Daisy Renton were the same person?
Because Daisy Renton told Gerald Croft about having to leave "a job in one of the works here" after a strike and "something about the shop too"
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What effect does the phone call at the end of the play have?
Causes confusion. Has Eva just committed suicide?Was Inspector a ghost to tell the teacher? Is this a phone call about a different girl? The Inspector said that everyone's lives are 'intertwined' so Birlings don't know how many lives they've affected
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How does Priestley purposely confuse the audience?
Priestley makes sure that even if you think you've sussed out the play, the phone call breaks up Eva Smith's identity again.
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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is attractive

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"young and fresh and charming"

Card 3

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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is a prostitute

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Card 4

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Quote to support the view Eva/Daisy is working class

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Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

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Talk about the theme social class (2)

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