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What changes does Sheila undergo in An Inspector Calls?

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What changes does Sheila undergo in An Inspector Calls? The play, An Inspector Calls, was written in 1945, which was around the time that the World War II was ending but the story is set just before the start of World War I. I think that J.B Priestley decided to write this play to inform the reader that we all should care about each other. In that time Priestley had just come out of the army and had witnessed many deaths of soldiers and also him nearly being killed by a bomb. The period of time depicted in the play is from 1912 to around 1945; this being the time when there was war which was what Priestley wanted us to learn from. At first sight of Sheila in the play, I thought of her of being an indecently spoilt girl; her parents kept her in their own world meaning she never experienced the real outside world. ...read more.


She takes the ring like a little child would take a toy and mentions the fact that she 'will not let it out of her sight' which also shows her childishness. The wedding, in the play, is a message telling us all to turn away from materialistic wealth and to focus more on other things. As the Inspector arrives, Sheila is out of the room helping Mrs. Birling. Once she returns, she immediately asks what is going on; she thinks her family is perfect and thus there is no reason for inspectors to turn up. Mr. Birling tells her to go but Sheila persists. This is Priestley showing that older people feel that women or young people should not be exposed to certain things. The Inspector then reveals everything to Sheila. ...read more.


Sheila rising up and finding everything out represents the Suffragette Movement where women protested for their rights. During Gerald's revelations, Sheila completely changes her attitude towards him. She seems very annoyed as she sarcastically makes fun of him - "You were the wonderful Fairy Prince. You must have adored it, Gerald." But then commends him later for his honesty and says that she respects him more than she did at the start. This shows young people being more impressionable. Another message that Priestley conveyed is the fact the upper and middle classes would treat the working class badly. This is shown when Gerald has sex with Eva simply because she was poor and desperate & because her being part of the working class meant nobody would believe her if she claimed to have sex with him. J.B. Priestley wrote 'An Inspector Calls' to tell us the mistakes that we are making and that we should make amends before it is too late. By Azeem Asraf ...read more.

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