The character of Sheila Birling - An Inspector Calls

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  • Created on: 17-04-18 18:00
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  • Sheila Birling
    • Role in the play
      • By the end, Sheila represents the people in the 1945 audience who wish to change ways after the past wars etc.
      • Got Eva (Daisy at the time) fired from her job
      • Acts as a contrast to the older generation
    • Personality
      • Sheila starts off as a representative of the younger generation but ends up maturing (arguably) the most
        • "You're squiffy!"
        • Use of "Mummy" and "Daddy". "Oh Mummy look, isn't it wonderful?"
          • "don't interfere, please, father"
      • By the end of the play, Sheila shows clear signs of maturity.
        • "it's you two who are being childish – trying not to face the facts."
      • Naive to aware
        • At the start, Sheila is very optimistic about life and is shown to be materialistic.
        • Later on -"No, he's giving us the rope so that we'll hang ourselves."
        • She is the first person to question the credibility of the Inspector.
    • Context
      • Links to themes
        • Old vs young
        • Priestley's message
          • Gender
            • "These girls aren't cheap labour. They're people."
          • Social responsibility
        • Impact/role of the Inspector
        • Class
      • Her possibility of turning down the marriage to Gerald at the end would contrast to a typical view of the time, which was that a woman should get married
      • Her change represents the change in society that Priestley strives for
        • "We often do in the younger ones. They're more impressionable."
  • Sheila starts off as a representative of the younger generation but ends up maturing (arguably) the most
    • "You're squiffy!"
    • Use of "Mummy" and "Daddy". "Oh Mummy look, isn't it wonderful?"
      • "don't interfere, please, father"

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