Sheila Birling Revision Mindmap

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  • Sheila Birling
    • Appearance
      • She is described at the start as "a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited."
    • Personality
      • She feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible."
      • She is angry with her parents in Act 3 for trying to "pretend that nothing much has happened."
      • she has had suspicions about Gerald when she mentions "last summer, when you never came near me."
        • This could suggest that she is not as naïve and shallow as she first appears.
      • she shows her compassion immediately she hears of her father's treatment of Eva Smith: "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people."
      • she is the first to wonder who the Inspector really is, saying to him, 'wonderingly', "I don't understand about you." She warns the others "he's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang ourselves"
    • Themes
      • Gender
        • "but these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people" - Sheila
      • Class
        • "these girls aren't cheap labour." - Sheila
      • Age
        • "Mother, I think it was cruel and vile" - Sheila
        • "It's you two who are being childish - trying not to face the facts" - Sheila
      • Responsibility
        • "It's my own fault" - Sheila


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