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How does the play present the attitudes of women of the time? Priestly presents three different kinds of women through out the play, each representing very different attitudes. These are Eva Smith a "young and pretty and warm-hearted - and intensely grateful" girl of a lower class, Sybil Birling a high class snob and her daughter Sheila Birling. In Act 1 Sheila is commenting on the fact that Gerald "never came near' her 'all last summer" and he is protesting that he "was awfully busy at the works all the time", Mrs Birling advises: Mrs Birling: Now, Sheila, don't tease him. When you're married you'll realise that men with important work to do sometimes have to spend nearly all their time and energy on their business. You'll have to get used to that, just as I had.' This implies that upper class women of the time had to put up with some things they didn't like even if it meant having no idea where their own husband was for a long period of time. ...read more.


Birling has only the desire to be seen as being charitable. Sheila is able to have Eva sacked from Milwards' shop by threatening the manager that her family will close its account there unless Eva goes. This shows the class system of the time by showing the enormous influence that a few wealthy people could use. Here Sheila is seen to be very spoilt and very much like her mother but as the evening passes Sheila begins to change. Sheila shows her compassion when she hears that her father had sacked Eva: "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people". Then she is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible", unlike her mother. In Act 3 she is angry with her parents for trying to "pretend that nothing much happened." Sheila says "It frightens me the way you talk". She cannot understand how they couldn't have learnt from the evening in the same way that she had. ...read more.


He shows how even though lower class women had better attitudes than the upper class women they still weren't treated equally by the rich and were used and discarded when it suited them. At the end of the play Sheila is much wiser and could then judge her parents and Gerald from a new perspective, but the greatest change was in herself as she was then aware of her responsibilities. All three characters have different attitudes Sheila at the start of the play is bad tempered and selfish then further on her attitude changes she becomes compassionate and considerate as she then realised that she was involved in Eva committing suicide. Mrs Birling was a very selfish woman and she is also a liar. Sheila and Mrs Birling have more or less the same attitude as they are both upper class people and they only think about people that are upper class and have no respect for people that are less fortunate than them. Eva is completely different she is a young sensible girl. I think woman of that time are mostly selfish and self-centred, they only think about themselves. ...read more.

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