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How does Inspector Goole change Sheila in 'An Inspector Calls'? watch
- Thread Starter
- 16-05-2015 17:51
- 16-05-2015 18:57
Well, I haven't looked at this play for a year, but from what I remember, Sheila is the one who is most affected by the Inspector's words. At the beginning of the evening, she indulges in the lavish capitalist lifestyle that Arthur's upwards social mobility has brought the Birlings, but by the end, she appears to be genuinely sorrowful for the death of Eva Smith. The play is often described as 'well-made' - this means that the main character/s go from a position of ignorance to a position of knowledge. Although all of the characters initially seem to have done so, when they realise that there was no dead girl who died of drinking disinfectant, and that Goole is not a real inspector, Gerald, Sybil and Arthur all return to their old ways. Eric is much more selfish in how he blames Sybil for the death of his unborn child, but Sheila says something like 'What does it matter if he was not a real Inspector?' - evidencing the fact that the Inspector (genuine or not) has clearly had an effect upon her, changing her perspective on social responsibility.
Obviously you'd need to back this all up with quotes, analysis and whatnot, but thematically, this is a decent start to understanding how Sheila has been changed by the Inspector.