Palace Bar

I think Mrs Birling played a big part in this young woman’s death. This young woman was carrying a baby. The father wasn’t around and she had no money and she was going to be left to bring up this baby on her own. When she turned to Mrs Birlings Charity Organisation they turned her away. Eric (Mr Birling’s son) also knew Daisy (Eva). He was the father of the child she was carrying. He met her at the ‘Palace Bar’ one night.

He was drunk and spent the night at Daisy’s house. A few weeks later he met her again and he spent the night with her for a second time. The next time they met she told him she was going to have a baby. She had no money or job so Eric stole some money from the family business to give to her. Finally she realised that the money he was giving her had been stolen and she didn’t want to see him again. Eric partly feels responsible for what’s happened to Daisy but he thinks his mother should feel the same way because she was the one that turned her away when she needed help.

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Who’s to blame?

I would probably say Mrs Birling would have been most to blame. She never played the caring charitable person she was meant to have been. If she had listened to young Daisy she might have helped her and her death may have been avoided. Mrs Birling could have given her some money to bring up the child and given her some support which she never did. The next most responsible I think is Eric because he was the one who got her pregnant and that added to the problems she already had and that finished her off. Then it would have both Sheila and her father Mr Birling, the only part they played was her loosing her jobs. Out of all of them I would have said Gerald Croft was least to blame and if anything he helped her. He gave her somewhere to stay and he gave her some money.

Inspector Goole along with Daisy has made Sheila realise what she done was wrong. Sheila never did anything to harm Daisy and wishes she could turn back time and change what has already been done. Gerald never really took blame for what happened but never denied it happening and knew that he shouldn’t have cheated on Sheila. As for Mr and Mrs Birling they still don’t think they have done anything wrong and blame Eric for what’s happened.

Eric feels guilty for what’s happened but he doesn’t like his mother and father blame him for it all. This is an example of the attitude and class system that existed at the turn of the twentieth century; I would hope that these events would not happen now but they do. People think of themselves as better than others who are not as well off.

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