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Which Character or characters changed most in the play

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WHICH CHARACTER OR CHARACTERS CHANGED MOST IN THE PLAY "AN INSPECTOR CALLS"? During the play, the inspector prys into the personalities of the main characters, Gerald Croft, Eric Birling, Sheila Birling, Mrs. Sybil Birling and Mr. Arthur Birling. The two characters that change the most during the play are Sheila and Eric, the two younger members of the Birling family. They change as a result of the inspector linking them and their thoughts, actions and ultimately way of life to the apparent suicide of a local woman, "Eva Smith", who it appears, had links with all of the main characters in the play. Mr and Mrs. Birling do not appear to change in their personality or behaviour, although the inspector tries to open their minds to living without prejudices, but they cannot change. The inspector sums this up when he says "We often have more influence on the young", suggesting that the inspector does, and will have more of an impact on Sheila and Eric Birling, than on their parents. ...read more.


Just because she is better off, doesn't make Sheila, her family or anyone else better people. Sheila realises how privileged and lucky she is. Sheila also understands that the way she acted towards Eva was wrong as it was spiteful and gave into her own selfishness. Sheila only thought of herself and took her anger out on Eva without thinking of the consequences. She realizes just how dreadful her actions were. Sheila learns that her father's statement of "Look out for ourselves... Every man for himself..." is wrong. What we do does affect others, and we have to accept this fact. By the end, Sheila sees, through the inspectors references to Eva's "Youth" and "Prettiness", that she was really lucky to be born into a rich family whereas Eva wasn't. At the beginning of the play, Eric Birling is disturbed and unhappy. He appears drunk and slightly hysterical. We notice from the very beginning of the play, that Eric is treated like a child by Mr and Mrs. Birling. ...read more.


The inspector brings up these facts infront of Eric's family. As a result, Eric says his father, when Mr. Birling confronts him about the stolen money, "You're not the kind of father a chap can go to in trouble". Showing that Eric has 'come out of his shell' and has become a stronger person. By the end of the play it is apparent that Sheila along with Eric, has changed. Eric can see how wrong his own, and his parents behaviour was. They (Eric and Sheila), especially Eric, know that their father's pursuit of profit, with money and a bigger profit being the most important thing, is wrong. As it doesn't take into account the Human Consequences. Metaphorically; Mr. Birling represents the Capitalist view on life with Priestly writing the play from a Socialist perspective. Priestly is suggesting that: M. Birling (Capitalism) will never change, as he shrugs off the inspectors strong emotive language and persuasion to try to change him. However the two younger Birling's, Sheila and Eric, do change. By this Priestly is suggesting that although the style of capitalism will not change, new views will change and will see capitalism and socialism in different lights than before. 11Y2 Coursework: An Inspector Calls ...read more.

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