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inspector calling/ role of sheila in the drama

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Year 10 coursework Essay - An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls, written by J.B. Priestly, is on the subject of consciousness of your responsibility to your community and other that people's lives are associated to you one way or another. Sheila was very energetic and excited in the beginning of the play because she had become engaged to the most eligible bachelor in Brumley. She was being very sarcastic towards her father. However when she realizes that she was involved in the cause of Eva's Smiths death she starts crying and feel very guilty which transforms her dramatically in the end. Sheila Birling is the only daughter of Arthur and Sybil Birling. They are a very affluent family because they own a factory. She is "a very pretty girl in her early twenties, very satisfied with her life and rather excited". She has a younger brother called Eric who is in his twenties as well. She has recently become engaged to Gerald Croft who is an even wealthier than her. Her life is very sumptuous; she wears expensive clothes, goes to parties, lives in a huge mansion and had an education to a high standard. ...read more.


The inspector divulges that Eva changed her name to Daisy Renton after she was sacked from Milwards. Sheila promptly senses that Gerald knows her when he replies to the inspector with "what" as he was in astonished and pours himself a drink. Sheila begins to question him if he tells the truth but he fakes it Sheila snaps at him "Oh don't be stupid, you gave yourself away as he mentioned her name" he confesses he was with her all last summer and tried avoiding Sheila. She understands that she isn't entirely to blame for Eva's death and wants to know the whole truth .Gerald doesn't want her to stay to hear the truth he suggests "Why stay when you will only get hurt". She doesn't care and explains that "it can't get any worse than it is-it might get better". The inspector agrees with her "Then she'll feel entirely to blame, the rest of tonight, all tomorrow and the next night" Sheila is appalled by her part in Eva's story She is filled of culpability for her actions and calls herself "really responsible" .Her father sacked her and started the whole circumstances, Sheila sacked her from her new and only way of survival, Gerald made Eva his mistress, then he deserted her, she went back to being a prostitute and found Eric. ...read more.


Remember that never forget it, but I then I don't think you ever will". In the inspectors last speech he tells them "we don't live alone, we are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. The time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire, blood and anguish." This means that even if we don't know people we are connected to them in one way or another and that if you don't realize that you will be taught in a very horrible way. Sheila is still very angry with her parents "the point is that you don't seem to learn anything". This showed Sheila had learnt her lesson and knew her faults and that she will never repeat this mistake in the future. Sheila was an envious, apprehensive woman in her twenties and her life only evolved around herself. However she was very pleased and excited to be engaged to Gerald. At the end Sheila is much wiser. She can judge her parents and Gerald from a new perspective, but the greatest transformation has been in her social conscience that has been awakened and she is aware of her responsibilities. The Sheila who had dismissed a girl from her job for a small reason has vanished forever. ...read more.

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