The suicide of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton is central to the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ and in highlighting the destructive impact of social inequality in society. The focus on holding the characters responsible for the Eva/Daisy’s death by suicide, however, can suggest that, in other situations, people in someone’s life are to blame if someone they know dies in such a way. It is, therefore, important to discuss with students the difference between Priestley’s symbolic use of suicide to critique societal structures, with the reality of someone dying by suicide in real life. If students themselves ever experience losing a loved one in this way, such discussions can prevent them from blaming themselves.
Join us for a one-hour conversation in which we will provide ideas and activities for helping students discuss the sensitive topic of suicide in the play in a safe and reflective way. There will be the opportunity to discuss and share experiences with other teachers in break out rooms.
This event is aimed at teachers in the UK.
Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.