Is This a Good Start to My Essay on Exploring Ways in Which Sheila Is Presented to the Audience

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Explore the ways that Sheila Birling is presented in An Inspector Calls.

Sheila birling is presented as one of the interested characters in an inspector calls due to her dramatic journey through change. At the beginning of the play, we can see that Sheila is presented as a playful childish character. This is shown by the line “So you be careful” when referring to why Gerald didn’t visit during the summer. This is a severe situation, as Sheila suspects that Gerald is having an affair, but despite this, she still cannot be serious, and Priestly even describes her tone as “playful”. This contrast greatly to later in the play when Sheila becomes the more dominant person in her relationship with Gerald – “I think you’d better take this with you (she hands him the ring)”. This level of maturity and ability to be able to take control of such a crucial situation as calling off a marriage presents to us that Sheila has very much changed from the playful and superficial girl she used to be.

At the very beginning of the play, priestly describes to us through stage directions, that “Sheila is a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited”. This is further shown to us when Sheila is first given the ring, “now I feel engaged.” Here Priestly is presenting Sheila as very materialistic – in fact, so much that her love with Gerald was not strong enough to make her feel certain of the engagement – she needed the ring too.