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English Coursework . . . An Inspector Calls Select one of the members of the Birling family - Write a character study, using the text for reference, to show how Priestly uses the character to convey his own opinions and attitudes. "SHEILA: Half serious, half playful) Yes except for all last summer, when you never came near me, and I wondered what had happened to you" This quote shows very little and a lot about Sheila Birling.In the brackets there are stage directions of how she says the line. This in combination could be done for a number of reasons. The more obvious reason follows: In Act One, Sheila has to cover up her true feelings by trying to make a joke about what she says this again for another important reason. The first one that comes to mind is the fact that in her family she is seen as the young lady, who has to be removed from the room when serious situations come at hand. Also adding the fact she is always silenced by her mother or father when she has something important to say or get involved with. Sheila tries to make serious things to her sound like joke, just to be heard, it is hard to figure her out and hard ...read more.

Middle

. You can tell this by the way Sheila uses the fact that her mum is one of, if not the best customer account holder at Milwards to get Eva Smith fired. As if to say without it the business would crumble or fail.Preistly is trying to show how people at this time, particular females in the 1900's hide behind money or behind someone else with money. In this case it is her mother, Sybil. Sheila has become a stronger character, as she has accepted what has happened, what she's done but without the tears, to prove herself to the family she is a young lady, but still a stronger individual. By Act 3, Sheila has made a dramatic change in her character, she is now a stronger and more demanding person, and in some ways an even wiser character. By this inspector coming it changes her, she is no longer only thinking of herself, but others. She has now become or let out this person her family could never see she is mature and handling things, the exact opposite of what her think of her, especially her father. Here Priestley is trying to say how young woman here are not all you think there are, and that in 1912 ,if a woman wanted respect she would have to prove herself or learn something, its different from class to class, from Sheila's to Eva Smiths. ...read more.

Conclusion

Priestley is trying to show us in this play that one bad word from you to another person can all that destroys them. Any comment or action we do could ruin some ones entire life within just seconds. Priestley attitude towards people is we need to watch what we say and think about it before we do or say anything, because in that one heated moment of one minute it could ruins someone's lifetime. A more obvious attitude or opinion towards Mrs Birling and Sheila is to teach a lesson. Not everyone cares for others, one moment in time it may seem as if they do, as if they are really sorry and regretful, but those feelings always pass a lot quicker than others would hope for or believe. It just shows how cruel the world can be, how wealth can affect you and you emotions towards others in so many ways unimaginable. Priestley shows an attitude of how people differ, just because you may have learnt a lesson and understands the importance of it now; it doesn't mean everyone will, in this it's the same blood but different minds. Priestley is trying to tell us that the world is full of individuals, some good, and some bad. We can't expect to change them all. "The world is full of millions of Eva Smiths and John Browns" Lydia Jones 10.5 ...read more.

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