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Eva Smiths Death

An Inspector Calls is a play written by J. B. Priestley, English dramatist. It was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union. It is one of the best known works by Priestley, and is considered to be one of the classics of the English theatre of the mid-20th century.

The play is a drama that consists of three acts. The action takes place during a single night in April 1912, focusing on the wealthy upper middle-class Birling family. The family lives in a comfortable house in the fictional town of Brumley. One day a man calling himself Inspector Goole visits the family, questioning the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton). After interrogating the family, it is revealed that it has been responsible for Eva’s exploitation, dereliction, and social ruin, which led to her death.

The play, which is considered one of the greatest Priestley’s works, has been subject to a various critical interpretations.

After the appearance of a new wave social realist theatre in the 1950s and 1960s, the play was out of fashion, and was dissolved as an example of old-fashion bourgeois drama. After that there were several successful revivals of the play. It was rediscovered and greeted as a damning social critique of middle-class hypocrisy and capitalism like social realist dramas of Shaw and Ibsen. It has been considered a parable about the ruin of Victorian social values and the destruction of pre-World War I English society. Goole’s final speech has been interpreted in various ways as a quasi-Christian viewing of hell and judgement, as well as a socialist manifesto.

The fight between the reinforced patriarch Arthur Birling and Inspector Goole has been read by many critics as a symbolic collision between capitalism and socialism, and perhaps demonstrates Priestley’s socialist political critique of the sensed moral hypocrisy and selfishness of middle-class capitalist society. Even though no single member of the Birling family is exclusively responsible for Eva’s death, together they operates as an impermeable class system that exploits neglected and vulnerable women. Each example of exploitation leads together to Eva’s social exclusion, loss of hope and as a result suicide. The play also criticizes Victorian-era concepts of middle-class philanthropy towards the poor. In Goole’s final speech, he refers to Eva Smith as a representative for millions of other vulnerable working-class people, and can be interpreted as a call to act for English society –take more responsibility for people of the working-class.

An Inspector Calls is a play written by J. B. Priestley, English dramatist. It was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union. It is one of the best known works by Priestley, and is considered to be one of the classics of the English theatre of the mid-20th century.

The play is a drama that consists of three acts.

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