Sheila in Priestley's An Inspector Calls Essay

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Sheila in Priestley's An Inspector Calls Sheila Birling was created by Priestly to convey his socialist political views about the way Britain and society ran. Two years before the First World War 1912 was a time when the country was split by class divisions. People with wealth had power over the lower classes in the social hierarchy. Women were not seen as equal to men in society. A group called the suffragettes protested for equal rights and the vote for women throughout this time they were becoming more active and extreme and were …show more content…
Over dinner he tells Gerald in front of the whole family:

“You’re just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted. Your father and I have been friendly business rivals for some time now – though Crofts Limited is both older and bigger than Birling and Company – and now you’ve brought us together, and perhaps we may look forward to a time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but are working together – for lower costs and higher prices”

This shows the audience that Birling is hoping to establish his company further and he hopes Gerald’s family will assist him in doing this, he tells the family how he will

“Look forward to the time when Crofts and Birling are no longer competing”

This suggests that he hopes Crofts and Birling will join together into a bigger more profitable company. This shows the audience Birlings love and greed when money is involved. It also shows selfishness and a desire to only look after himself.

Sheila is used by priestly to both examine and reject the birlings values and beliefs. She is voicing all of Priestley’s views about women’s rights at the time. She first questions her father’s judgement when she voices her thoughts about Eva Smith wanting a pay rise this lead to her loosing her job and stability. She tells Mr Birling:

“(To Birling) I think it was a mean thing to do. Perhaps that spoilt

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