How does Priestley present the change in Sheila during the course of the play? How do you think this change reflects some of Priestley's ideas?
In An Inspector Calls J.B.Priestley present Sheila Birling's change during the play in order to reflect some of his own ideas. Sheila is one of the few characters in the play who changes the most in terms of views on social responsibility. Priestley purposefully chose to present Sheila in this way to show the audience that her change should influence them to change their views too. Priestley was writing this play after a great time in change of the class system, after the Second World War. Priestley had witnessed the horrific events of both wars and realised the people in upper classes were still smug and pessimistic when it came to changing their views in the class system. In creating Sheila's character, Priestley was hoping the audience would take on board his powerful message.
Priestley uses a range of interesting techniques in order to present Sheila's change. One of the most intriguing methods he uses is language techniques to convey certain messages. At the beginning of the play, Sheila is presented as a stereotypical middle class young woman - immature and spolit. Priestley brings this out through Sheila's character through her childish language such as "I'm sorry Daddy and "go on Mummy". By adressing her parents in this manner, Priestley clearly wanted the audience to know she has an excited and strong- spirited attitude in life. This could suggest Priestley wanted to keep the pay as realistic as possible in order to indicate to the audience that the events could have happened in real life as the Birlings are a typical example of a middle class family during the set period. Furthermore, Priestley may have also chose to do this to show the audience that upper class conventional behaviour views start from a young age. Moreover, Sheila's stage directions are often describes as being "half serious, half...
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