Who is to blame?

In J.B. Priestley's play, "An Inspector Calls", we learn that a number of characters have contributed to the suicide of Eva Smith. Who do you think deserves the most blame and why?

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Hi, personally I do not think that one specific individual is to blame, however if you look the idea that every action has a consequence then I would say that Mr Birling is to blame. He was the first person to let Eva down and therefore the chain of events with the rest of the family etc started with him.
natalie_81
02 July 2013
In Priestly's play, An Inspector Calls all of the Birlings and Gerald Croft can be blamed for Eva's death to some extent.  Each of the character's actions contribute to Eva (or Daisy's) eventual suicide.  What is more important is how each of the characters react to the discovery of their actions; the younger characters Sheila and Eric learn from their mistakes but the older characters Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald (representative of the monied upper classes) feel that their behaviour does not matter if it is not publicly revealed. Priestly implies that there is hope for us as a society if we learn from our mistakes but those in charge tend to be more interested in their own preservation than those of the common man or woman (hence the name Eva Smith).  
richie
29 September 2013
To add to this, link Priestley's socialist views to the messages in his play of social repsonsibility
danielfordtutoring
29 September 2013
Your question would seem to  presume, using the concept of 'blame; here,   a fixed moral universe where what is  right or wrong can be read of a list. Ethics and religious belief  show  us a that humankind has come up with a variety of positions over what is ethical,  or not, so a clear answer might be not possible. Each  observer of this play will portion blame (ie  make a moral judgments) in different ways, I would proffer.
paul_allan
01 October 2013
I feel that the author is trying to get across that every character is to blame no one single character. And how many little things can add up to one huge thing and how you should be responsible for your actions. But if I had to blame one character I would blame Eric as he is the more immature or the characters and he did effectively rape Eva Smith. 
charlieellis
04 October 2013
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