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To what purpose, and in what ways, does J.B Priestly present the effect of the inspector's visit on Sheila Birling?

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To what purpose, and in what ways, does J.B Priestly present the effect of the inspector's visit on Sheila Birling? An inspector calls was written in 1945 and was set the week the titanic sunk in 1912. It was written by J.B Priestly, J.B Priestly was born in 1894. He wrote the play in 1945 and set it in 1912 because he wanted people to see what life was like when class divisions all looked down on each other and politics was a big role in society. Edwardian Britain in 1912 was a lot different from today; there was a huge conflict between Capital versus Labour. It was a time when prices rose, and wages couldn't keep up with the pace. One million miners went on strike in the biggest industrial walk out of that time; this was a big threat to businessmen because work wasn't being done. It was also a year when the titanic first set sailed; this was a symbol of Britain's wealth, power and might. The titanic also sank the same year. There was a lot of class division the upper class looked down on the middle class and they all looked down on the lower class. ...read more.


An inspector calls was written not just for personal amusement it has a reason, it's written to teach people. After world war two had ended, J.B Priestly decided he wanted to teach people that the war and fighting wouldn't end unless people changed their ways. J.B Priestly has gone about this by introducing the character of Sheila Birling into his play as an example of how people can change their ways for the better, we see Sheila change her ways when she converts from being the selfish immature girl she was at the start of the play to a sensible mature young woman by the end of the play. In the play Sheila and Eric seem to be the only ones influenced by what the inspector says. Their attitudes change by the end of the play and they come to realise what they take for granted. Sheila comes across as a very snobby, spoilt young woman, we see her like this when she refers to her mother and father as "mummy and daddy" this phrase is used a lot through the play, as Sheila tends to say it when she wants something of her mother and father. ...read more.


By the end of the play the inspector's visit has had a huge effect on Sheila's attitude, views on society and her relationship with her family, by influencing her views onto her other people and helping them realise what life was like for the people less well off than the Birlings. J.B. Priestly has made Sheila's character special by reflecting her views and responsibilities on to her parents at the end of the play. Sheila's attitude on society had changed by the end of the play; she realises to respect everyone less well off than her and she doesn't want to take anything for granted anymore. Sheila has made a big transformation, she has changed her views about society and she has learnt to respect people in the lower classes, she isn't the jealous stuck up woman she was, and she has realised that she needed to change her ways. The inspector has taught Sheila that what she's says affects people in such dramatic ways; Sheila is trying to get her parents to understand what she believes, by telling her parents her opinion and getting them to realise that she is right. ...read more.

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