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How does Priestley show the change in Sheila 's character during 'An Inspector Calls'?

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Introduction

How does Priestley show the change in Sheila 's character during 'An Inspector Calls'? J B Priestly 's 'An Inspector Calls' is set in 1912 and was first performed in 1945. This mean there is Dramatic Irony over Birling 's comment about war. The plot concerns Eva Smith a working class girl who commits sucide. She used to work in Birling 's factory and every family member affected her life. An inspector comes to their house for investigation. Priestly message to the audience is that everyone in society is responsible for their own actions and the way in which they affect others. ...read more.

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At the beginning of Act 2 we found out that Gerald had an affair with Eva Smith because of that Sheila breaks up her relationship with him. Sheila finds that she does not have much in common with her family anymore and she doesn't believe them anymore. Mrs. Birling tells her daughter not to contradict her and that "Girls of that class" often do silly things, Sheila is horrified "mother, don't - please don't for your own sake, as well as ours, you mustn't". This shows that Sheila realises we are all equal no matter what class we are from, whereas the rest of her family just try to avoid blame. ...read more.

Conclusion

This shows that the family will again find out that they are to blame. An Inspector Calls is known as a well-made play. This is because the characters and audience finds things out at the same time. The essence of drama is change and Sheila is the character who changes most. She experiences considerable conflict in the play, breaking off her engagement and arguing with her parents about their attitudes towards society. Her transformation takes place entirely on stage, her sympathy for Eva Smith and her mature understanding of how society is responsible for her situation are dramatically contrasted with her parents' stubborn refusal to face up to reality. By the end of the play Priestly hopes that we, like Sheila, will have realised our responsibility for other people. ...read more.

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