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Explain how Sheila Birling's character changes in the play 'An inspector calls' how does the audience know that Sheila has changed and learnt an important lesson?

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GCSE Coursework Explain how Sheila Birling's character changes in the play 'An inspector calls' how does the audience know that Sheila has changed and learnt an important lesson? The play 'An inspector calls' by J.B.Priestly was set in a dinning room belonging to the Birling's in 1912. The play is about a family enjoying a celebration, when an inspector Goole turns up... Sheila is a young woman in her early 20's who has been 'wrapped in cotton wool' for the majority of her life and as a result of this she has turned out spoilt. At the opening of the play she is celebrating her engagement to Gerald; she expects Gerald to be the perfect husband. ...read more.

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Sheila then finds out from the inspector that Eva killed herself and she is shocked, stage direction-(rather distressed). When Sheila hears what her father did to Eva, she is shocked and surprised this makes the audience feel differently towards her, because she has more depth. Sheila got Eva sacked from milwards because she was 'in a furious temper'. She feels upset and a bit guilty about what she did and the audience now think that she is much deeper in thought. Sheila is desperate to find out what happened to Eva. She finds out that- Sheila's father sacked her, Sheila got her sacked from job no 2, she had an affair with Sheila's fianc�, she fell pregnant with Sheila's brother's baby and was turned down by Sheila's mother when she asked for help. ...read more.

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Everything we said really happened' and she later goes on to say 'I remember what he said, what he did and how he made me feel'. The audience now think that she is a changed woman and has truly learnt the inspector's message. The audience know she has changed because every time Mr Birling says that everything is alright she contradicts him. Sheila has learnt that she should be good to everyone; we know this because she says 'between us we drove that girl to suicide'. Mr and Mrs Birling don't really learn anything, they start to learn but then stop when they find out the inspector wasn't real. We know this because Sheila says 'you began to learn something and now you have stopped'. ...read more.

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