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Inspector Calls - Sheila Birling character review.

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Inspector Calls Sheila Birling- The character Sheila Birling is the daughter of Author and Sybil Birling. In the story Priestly portrays her as a young beautiful lady with a rather selfish and arrogant nature. Using her compelling personality she is able to obtain anything in which she desires through her father. After the inspector explains what's happened and how Eva Smith dies she shows an empathetic side of her personality, which might have surprised the audience watching the play. She shows her remorse by describing her feelings towards the injustice of the case. The inspector interviews Author Birling first before moving on to Sheila. Author Birling insists for the inspector to leave his daughter out his inquiries, but the inspector points out to Mr Birling that he must speak to everybody in the house. ...read more.


The inspector shows another side to Sheila Birlings' character, her gentle side. Perhaps Sheila can be separated from the rest of the family as she is the only one, apart from Eric who is able to accept responsibility for her action, unlike her father who a coward at heart made excuses for his actions. Through the course of the play Sheila slowly changes from a spoilt little rich snob into a mature young lady. She begins to share the inspectors' views on Edwardian society and brings about a few of her own views. At the beginning of the play, Sheila seems to be fairly naive and acts like a younger girl. I think Sheila has a somewhat missinformed outlook on the world, having lived in such a priviliged familiy all her life. ...read more.


Sheila begins to feel more worried that she is responsible, and when she moves onto her large speech,"she almost breaks down, but just controls herself." She admits that she was jealous of the fact that the girl looked better in the dress than she did.After the revelation, Sheila seems to be remorseful for what she has done, and she says she'll "never,never do it again to anybody." In acts two and three, we see that Sheila is trying to protect her mother from making the same mistake as she and her father had done. She tries to stop her from setting her up for a fall. At the start of Mrs Birling's questioning, Sheila asks her mother to stop before its "too late." Then at the close of act two, when Mrs Birling has just left it clear the Eric got Eva pregnant, Sheila says "Mother-I begged you and begged you to stop." ...read more.

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