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An Inspector Calls written by JBPriestley is a play that includes the characters of Eva Smith who appears to have committed suicide and Edna the housekeeper of the Birling family Both Eva Smith and Edna represent women who suffer at the hands of poverty and neglect and both characters are the epitome victims of the unjust nature of the social order To those better off than them they are invisible Edna seems to be a possible suicide victim and there is even a link between the two names Eva and Edna which begin with the same letter Eva smith is the reason for the on-stage investigation Two hours ago a young woman died in the infirmary Act One And Edna is therefore another potentially vulnerable young woman Throughout the play Eva Smith to the audience appears to be a real person I told the girl to clear out and she went Act One however as the play draws to a close it may seem that Eva smith is not and never was a real person at all And how do we know she was really Eva Smith or Daisy Renton Act Three but just a representation a symbolic idea or a political view Priestley uses dramatic irony in this play as the audience seem to know a great deal about Eva Smith who never appears on stage but very little about the mysterious character of Edna who does appear on stage during the play Edna is quite literally a person who does not exist to the other characters on stage All right Edna show him in here Give us some more light Act One Edna is ordered around on stage and never given any gratitude by her employees When Edna is spoken to she is not important enough to the rest of the family to be spoken to with any manners Eva Smith does not appear on stage at all throughout the play as her
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