Sheila's Character Developement throughout the course of An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley
In this essay I am going to be describing how the character of Sheila
develops throughout "An Inspector Calls" by J.B Priestley. Priestley
was an English writer, who was born in Bradford. He served in the
infantry during world war one, then afterwards attended Cambridge
University. As a newspaper essayist and journalist, he wrote on a
variety of subjects, then the publication of "The Good Companions" in
1929 led to his establishment as a writer.
At the beginning of the play, Sheila seems to be fairly naive and acts
like a younger girl.
We see this when she talks to Gerald about the previous summer and his
dissappearance. When Gerald explains that he was "awfully busy at the
works all that time", we see that Gerald finds Sheila to be naive in
that she believes Gerald was really working for all that time. We also
see that Sheila is possesive of Gerald when she says that she would
hate for him to become an expert on port "like one of those purple
faced old men".
Sheila's relationship with Eric is completely different, and we see
that they are always arguing with each other or calling each other
names.For example when Eric lets out the laugh during the dinner
party, Sheila calls him "squiffy", or later on when she says "Don't be
an ass, Eric." This seems to be a petty sibling rivalry.
Sheila appears to get on very well with Mrs Birling. There never seems
to be any aggression between the two, just polite conversation. Also,
Sheila seems to agree with her mother most of the time , which we see
when Mrs Birling objects to her husband talking about work, Sheila
says "Neither do I. All wrong."
Sheila seems to have a different relationship with Mr Birling than she
does with any other members of the family. I think this is because Mr
Birling still sees Sheila as a little girl, and doesn't have much
respect for her intelligence. This is shown when he starts a speech,
and Sheila continues to admire her newly acquired ring. Mr Birling
then becomes annoyed and asks "Are you listening Sheila?"
I think Sheila has a somewhat missinformed outlook on the world,
having lived in such a priviliged familiy all her life.
When Sheila first meets the inspector, she isn't sure what is going
on, but appears worried when she asks "What Business? Whats
Happening?" When Sheila does find out what business the inspector has
at the house, she shows genuine concern exclaiming "Oh-how horrible!"
Sheila then proceeds to find out all she can about the girl.
Sheila's attitude towards her father changes to a disgusted one when
she finds out that Mr Birling had sacked Eva Smith. She says its "a
rotten shame" and says how girls like this are "people" and not just
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When the inspector begins questioning her, Sheila appears to feel
guilty and says that while she felt bad at the time for complaining,
she now felt "a...