Change in Sheila's Character throughout An Inspector Calls
J B Priestly ‘s ‘An Inspector Calls’ is set in 1912 and was first
performed in 1945. This mean there is Dramatic Irony over Birling ‘s
comment about war. The plot concerns Eva Smith a working class girl
who commits sucide. She used to work in Birling ‘s factory and every
family member affected her life. An inspector comes to their house for
investigation. Priestly message to the audience is that everyone in
society is responsible for their own actions and the way in which they
At the beginning of the play, Sheila is a pretty girl in her early
twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited. She is getting
married to Gerald Croft. “Oh – it’s wonderful! Look Mummy – isn’t it a
beauty? Oh darling (she kisses Gerald Hastily)”. After the inspector
arrives she wants to know what is going on and when she founds out she
“Oh how horrible! Was it an accident?” Sheila accepts that she is
partly to blame for Eva ‘s sucide because she got her fired from
Milwards shop. The audience feels sympathy for Sheila because she
tells the truth and felt sorry for it at the time. Everyone else in
the family denies their part in Eva ‘s death.
At the beginning of Act 2 we found out that Gerald had an affair with
Eva Smith because of that Sheila breaks up her relationship with him.
Sheila finds that she does not have much in common with her family
anymore and she doesn’t believe them anymore.
Mrs. Birling tells her daughter not to contradict her and that “Girls
of that class” often do silly things, Sheila is horrified “mother,
don’t – please don’t for your own sake, as...