How does the character Sheila Birling change in the play in An Inspector Calls?

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How does the character ‘Sheila Birling’ change in the play in ‘An Inspector Calls?’

The play ‘An Inspector Calls was set in 1912 and written in 1945 by J.B Priestly. In those days society was capitalist, their was a massive division between upper class and lower class people, the wealth was not shared equally. The play is based on the Birling family headed by Arthur Birling who is a wealthy factory owner. At the beginning of the play the family is celebrating Sheila and Gerald Crofts engagement. The mood starts to change when the inspector arrives and informs them about a young woman Eva Smith suicide.

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Sheila Birling is described as a ‘pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited’ at the start of the play. Shelia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Birling. Earlier in the play Sheila’s mother informs her about married life claiming that men ‘spend nearly all their time and energy on business’. However, Sheila does not agree with doesn’t agree with her and warns Gerald ‘so you be careful’ which shows that she wants more attention from Gerald.

Sheila and Gerald’s relationship seems a bit dysfunctional and it seems like they don’t love ...

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