How far is Eric Birling to blame for Eva/Daisy's death in An Inspector Calls?
Eric Birling has many faults. He steals money from his father, is a drunkard and a philanderer. However, of all of the party guests that night, he is probably the least responsible for the death of Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton. It is when he finds out that the young lady he has been seeing is pregnant he at least tries to make a gesture to help – however feeble and inadequate. Mr and Mrs Birling hold the father of the girl’s child responsible until they learn he is their son. Eva/Daisy had refused his help as she suspected that he was stealing the money he was giving to her to support her.
Eric is different from the others in that he did attempt to make Eva/Daisy’s plight a little better. He is repentant of what happened to the girl and clearly learns a lesson from the incident –
‘It’s what happened to the girl and what we all did to her that matters.’
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