Sheila Birling

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  • She is angry with her parents in Act 3 for trying to "pretend that nothing much has happened." Sheila says "It frightens me the way you talk:"
    • she cannot understand how they cannot have learnt from the evening in the same way that she has. She is seeing her parents in a new, unfavourable light.
    • Character Impression
      • She is very  perceptive: she realises that Gerald knew Daisy Renton from his reaction, the moment the Inspector mentioned her name.
        • end of Act II, she is the first to realise Eric's part in the story.
          • Significantly, she is the first to wonder who the Inspector really is, saying to him, 'wonderingly', "I don't understand about you."
      • Sheila Birling
        • Response To The Inspector
        • Key Message/ Theme
          • Sheila also displays a free-thinking spiritedness that is characteristic of the suffragette (women's rights) movement of that period
          • Sheila is sympathetic to the ideals of socialism: she expresses horror that poor women like Eva are seen simply as "cheap labour" and not as people.
          • Understands the inspectors message, that theres is a need for justice in society,this helps to makes her a more sympathetic character


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