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How does Priestly present the change in Sheila? How does this reflect some of Priestly's ideas?

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07/09/2012 Q18 how does Priestley present the change in Sheila during the course of the play An Inspector Calls? How do you think this change reflects some of Priestley?s ideas? In the play an inspector calls by J.B Priestley. The character Sheila is used to represent the author?s ideas of change from the class system, where everyone is grouped by wealth and walls are built between them. To the socialist way where everyone is equal and there are no extremes and responsibility shared for one another's welfare. He embraces this idea in his play by showing the change in her from one idea to the other. initially Sheila is introduced as a girl that values material objects such who lives a comfortable lifestyle "pleased in life" and has not yet matured to a point where material value is worth less to her ...read more.


"If she'd been some miserable plain little creature, I don't suppose I?d have done it. But she was very pretty and looked as if she could take care of herself I couldn't be sorry for her." Priestley does this to show how flawed and corrupt the class system, supporting his socialist ideas and opinions. However by doing this Priestley also shows us that behind closed door the privileged personalities and morels are tarnished and are at a point where jealousy has become a justifiable reason to throw a girl out of her job without any regard to where she will go or her current situation. However against the contrast of Sheila making an excuse of jealousy we see the change in her from an immature girl to a woman of independent thought and free from her parents guidance. ...read more.


Sheila even says "but you?re forgetting one thing I still can?t forget. Everything we said had happened really happened. If it didn?t end tragically, then that?s lucky for us. But it might have done" as she tries to keep her family from forgetting the whole ordeal they were just in. In summary initially Sheila was presented as a spoilt child capable of narrow minded thought with no regard for the people that surround her on a daily basis and the idea of she would marry a wealthy man and leach of him. Until the inspector arrives and casts light over the disgraceful morals and personalities that have occurred, while promoting a much more mature approach to life through the eyes and ideas of himself in hope that she will change with the times and take on the responsibility of looking after others. Ethan Bond ...read more.

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