Sheila Birling

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Sheila Birling        She is described at the start as a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited. Even though she seems very playful at the opening, we know that she has had suspicions about Gerald when she mentions last summer, when you never came near me. Does this suggest that she is not as naive and shallow as she first appears? Although she has probably never in her life before considered the conditions of the workers, she shows her comp
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  Sheila Birling    She is described at the start as a pretty girl in her earlytwenties, very pleased with life and rather excited.    Even though she seems very playful at the opening, weknow that she has had suspicions about Gerald whenshe mentions last summer, when you never came near me. Does this suggest that she is not as naive andshallow as she first appears?    Although she has probably never in her life beforeconsidered the conditions of the workers, she shows her  compassion immediately she hears of her father'streatment of Eva Smith: But these girls aren't cheaplabour - they're people. Already, she is starting tochange.    She is horrified by her own part in Eva's story. She feelsfull of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as really responsible.    She is very perceptive : she realises that Gerald knewDaisy Renton from his reaction, the moment theInspector mentioned her name. At the end of Act II, sheis the first to realise Eric's part in the story. Significantly,she is the first to wonder who the Inspector really is,saying to him, 'wonderingly', I don't understand aboutyou. She warns the others he's giving us the rope - sothat we'll hang ourselves (Act II) and, near the end, isthe first to consider whether the Inspector may not bereal.    She is curious. She genuinely wants to know aboutGerald's part in the story. It's interesting that she is notangry with him when she hears about the affair: shesays that she respects his honesty. She is becoming more mature.      She is angry with her parents in Act 3 for trying to pretend that nothing much has happened. Sheila says It frightens me the way you talk: she cannotunderstand how they cannot have learnt from theevening in the same way that she has. She is seeing her parents in a new, unfavourable light.     At the end of the play, Sheila is much wiser. She cannow judge her parents and Gerald from a newperspective, but the greatest change has been inherself: her social conscience has been awakened andshe is aware of her responsibilities. The Sheila who had agirl dismissed from her job for a trivial reason hasvanished forever.
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