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What do we, the Audience, learn about Sheila from the ways that she responds to the Inspector's visit, and how she speaks, and behaves, towards other characters?

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Ysmael Cruz An Inspector Calls By J.B. Priestley What do we, the Audience, learn about Sheila from the ways that she responds to the Inspector's visit, and how she speaks, and behaves, towards other characters? From the play we learn that Sheila is having an engagement party and is looking forward to it. At the beginning of the play, Sheila and her Family are happily celebrating her engagement to Gerald we also notice that an engagement party is a time to celebrate wit friends and relatives but its only celebrated within Sheila's family and none of Gerald's family was present. In the opening scene of the play we realise that Sheila is involved in a conversation with her family, only speaking on the odd occasion example would be when she says "All right then. I drink to you, Gerald"Also, we notice Sheila did not believe Gerald when he spoke of his business trip during the summer, (this is mainly because of Priestley's emphasis on the word "you"), Gerald: "And I've told you I was awfully busy..." Sheila: "...Yes, that's what you say". Priestley has used the word "you" in italics to emphasise the fact that Sheila doesn't believe Gerald in other words she is being sarcastic. ...read more.


Sheila: "Sorry! It's just that I can't help thinking about this girl - destroying herself so horribly - and I've been so happy tonight" The news of this girl committing suicide had ruined her day. She must have been thinking how could this girl do such a thing, what was so bad about her life that she would choose to take it away, and that something really bad must have happened to her. Sheila must have thought how bad it would be, if it happened to her, and how all her family would mourn over her death, but this girl had no one to do that. Sheila was shocked to realise that she had contributed to the death of Eva Smith. We must bear in mind that at the time she had got Eva Smith fired, she felt bad, now she realise that it could have contributed to her death, she feels awful. Sheila: "- but I felt rotten about it at the time and now I feel a lot worse". This indicates that she feels guilty and at this time she feels responsible, until later when she finds out that she is not the only one who contributed to Eva Smith death. ...read more.


This suggests that the older generation- Mr and Mrs Birling don't actually care much about the death, but more about it destroying their public reputation. Where as the younger generation care more about the death and the emotional effects it has. Sheila has now learnt that weather people are rich or poor or upper/lower class that no one is better then anyone else, and she has opened her eyes to the fact that the world is a harsh cruel place. As well as the differences between the sexes there is also a huge difference between the lower class and higher class, and there is no middle class, therefore compromise. At the beginning of the play Sheila is just an average woman in her time just looking forward to life and her engagement, and she thinks life is great. But later in the play, driven by guilt Sheila's personality changes from the women that just follows orders as it was custom for the women of 1912, into a woman that is not scared to share her true feelings like nowadays men and women have equal rites and she turns against her family when they try to deny their part to play in the death of Eva Smith, justifying this by telling them that a girl has died. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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