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Eva Smith/Daisy Renton


A mind map exploring Eva Smith/Daisy Renton in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley.
Joe Blockley
Mind Map by Joe Blockley, updated more than 1 year ago
Joe Blockley
Created by Joe Blockley over 6 years ago

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Eva Smith/Daisy Renton
  1. Class
    1. Very low, working class.
      1. Struggled to find job, had to be a prostitute at one point.
        1. Represents the class
          1. Eva like Eve, the first woman.
            1. Smith the most common last name in England the time.
              1. "There are a lot of young women living that sort of existence in every city and big town in this country" - Inspector
              2. Victim of her class, looked down and judged.
              3. Situation
                1. Had to be a prostitute
                  1. Had no money, lost job because of Sheila
                    1. Pregnant with Eric's child, couldn't get help.
                      1. Sexually exploited by Eric.
                        1. Kept as mistress by Gerald.
                          1. No parents to help her, both dead.
                            1. Stereotyped because of class
                              1. "girls of that class" Mr Birling.
                            2. Chain of events that led to her death
                              1. Sacked by Mr. Birling
                                1. Fired from her job because of Sheila's jealous tantrum over a dress.
                                  1. Gerald Croft kept her as a mistress
                                    1. Mrs. Birling turned her away, saying she didn't need help when she was pregnant.
                                      1. Eric had made her pregnant.
                                        1. Suicide.
                                          1. "A pretty lively sort of girl, who never did anybody no harm. But she died in misery and agony - hating life.
                                        2. Background/Appearance
                                          1. "very pretty - soft brown hair and big dark eyes." - Gerald Croft
                                            1. not from Brumley
                                              1. "country-bred" - Mr. Birling
                                              2. "She was young and pretty and warm-hearted" - Gerald Croft
                                                1. Makes her death even more tragic
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