Sheila Birling -An Inspector Calls quotes.

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What are Sheila's 5 key events?
1-Stage Directions and Dinner party. 2-Interrogation.3-True relationship with Gerald.4-After Inspector.5-The ending.
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Key event 1- First quote..
"Pleased with life"-Shallow, spoilt, materialistic, fits in with complacent attitudes of society.
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Key event 1- Second quote....
"(trying to be light and easy)"-Shows there are underlying tensions between Sheila and Gerald.
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Key event 1- Third quote..
"Look-mummy- isn't it a beauty"-Shows tensions can be brushed off by something trivial.
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Key event 2- First quote..
"Oh how horrible"-Juxtaposition between Sheila and Mr Birling, Birling brushes death off, Sheila genuinely effected.
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Key event 2- Second quote..
"But these girls aren't cheap labour- they're people"-Sheila just realised her life of luxury is based on suffering of others.
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Key event 2- Third quote..
"I was in a furious temper"-Short temper, petulant, childish.
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Key event 2- Fourth quote..
"Said to have been jealous of her"-Sheila's insecure, jealous of someone with much less than her.Priestley made Eva and Sheila mirror opposites, only difference is class.
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Key event 2- Fifth quote..
"I'll never,never do it again"-learned her lesson. Changed.
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Key event 3- First quote..
"Now listen darling"-Gerald's, old manipulative, charming methods no longer work.Sheila is more mature now and standing up to Gerald.
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Key event 3-Second quote...
"Yes of course you were"-Deep down Sheila knew it was true all along.Social pressures kept them together but now Sheila is ignoring these pressures.
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Key event 3- Third quote..
"Why-you fool- he knows"-Sheila's on Inspectors side, know it's laughable and wrong to hide things from the Inspector.
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Key event 3- Fourth quote..
"Glad i realised in time"-Don't know each other very well, shows cracks in relationship.
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Key event 3- Fifth quote..
"You and I aren't the same people who sat down to dinner"-Ring symbol of deception in relationship, when Sheila accepted it, she was willing to ignore lies,no she's not.
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Key event 4- First quote...
"it's you two who are being childish"-Fighting against patronising mother.Priestley making point of older generations skewed priorities.
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Key event 4- Second quote...
"It frightens me the way you talk"-Older generations reversal upsets her.At this point Sheila is mouthpiece for Priestley and audience.
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Key event 4- Third quote..
"It's too soon. I must think"-Refusal, sees Gerald has potential to change and learn his lesson.Offering of ring shows Gerald has forgotten lesson.
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Key event 5- First quote...
"The phone rings sharply"-echo of doorbell. Symbolic of repeated structure in the play.WW link, end in "fire and blood and anguish".
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Key event 5- Second quote..
"guilty and dumbfounded"-Sheila's been changed and will now act differently
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