Sheila Birling

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  • Sheila Birling
    • Lives in a bubble
      • The setting never changes
      • she is sheltered by her parents
        • 'there isn't the slightest reason why my daughter should be dragged into this unpleasant business.
    • Priestley initially presents her as immature/ superficial
      • Oh-its wonderful! Look- Mummy- isn’t it a beauty? Oh - darling -
        • 'mummy' - childlike colloquialism
      • 'If she'd been some miserable plain little creature, I don't suppose I’d have done it. But she was very pretty and looked as if she could take care of herself. '
    • '(pretty girl in her early twenties)'
    • progresses from a naïve innocent girl to a more mature girl with an understanding of the real world
      • First she was playful, self-centred
        • 'very pleased with life.'
      • accepts the guilt  and changes
        • first to accept the blame
          • "I know I’m to blame – and I’m desperately sorry"
      • open to changing attitudes on society and wealth.
        • represents the younger generation.
          • the inspector points out that the younger generation is 'impressionable'
            • Priestley created Sheila to demonstrate hope and change in the younger generation
      • Sheila has a social awakening
        • views her parents and Gerald from a totally new perspective
          • ' The point is, you don’t seem to have learnt anything.'
    • 'But these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people.'
      • voices tentative socialist views
      • pronoun 'they' shows detachment
      • function ; to support the inspector's ideas and investigation.
        • inspectors proxy


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