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An Inspector Calls. This essay is about the way the audience's reaction of Sheila Birling changes during the play.

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An Inspector Calls. This essay is about the way the audience's reaction of Sheila Birling changes during the play. The play was made in 1945 but it is set in 1912 in a large suburban house in Brumley, in the North Midlands. The difference between a socialist and a capitalist is that a socialist looks after the community whereas a capitalist is a person who only looks after themselves and their family. These words are important because during the course of the play only Sheila and Gerald change and regret their actions to become socialists whereas their parents Arthur and Sybil do not regret of their actions and stay capitalists. In the beginning of the play, Sheila is presented as a Rather superficial person who is 'very pleased with life'. The reader can see that she is very superficial when she receives an engagement ring from Gerald and exclaims, 'Oh mummy isn't it a beauty!' Sheila is not subservient to Gerald because it is her who always asks the questions and taunts Gerald. ...read more.

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This would make the audience more sympathetic of Sheila than of Arthur seeing as he does not regret his actions but Sheila does. Sheila's reaction to Gerald when she hears that Gerald went out with Eva is that of bitterness and anger "(bitterly) So that is what you think I'm really like. I'm glad I realised in time, Gerald." This is that the relationship between Sheila and Gerald has not been a very strong one. The quote, "I don't dislike you as much as I did half an hour ago, Gerald. In fact in some odd way, I rather respect you more than I've ever done before." Makes the audience think that Sheila understands what he has been through and respects him for having the courage to confess in front of everyone and this makes the audience sympathise with her over Gerald's infidelity. Sheila's attitude towards her mother changes when Sybil Birling (mother of Sheila) starts being interrogated by the inspector. Sheila tries to warn her mother of the inspector's trap. ...read more.

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Sheila has changed from the last time she was offered the ring because the events that took place and the disclosures of shame and misfortune have made her pensive whereas before she would have been in a jovial state. Sheila develops the most during the play because at the beginning she is portrayed as a spoilt, superficial girl who really only likes material things but then as the play progresses she starts to change as she becomes pensive and starts to brood over the inspector. The characters that the author J.B.Priestley wants the audience to identify most with are Sheila and Eric because during the play both of them become socialists even when their parents are hardcore capitalists. For this reason the audience would want to identify with them the most. Sheila plays an important role in the play. The function she plays is that of a 'conscience' as she is always telling people if they are right or wrong. Without Sheila in the play, the Birlings would not have taken in all of what the inspector said and the audience would not have identified themselves with anybody. ...read more.

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