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Any tips on writing a powerful introduction to an essay on a character?
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Any tips on writing a powerful introduction to an essay on a character?
This depends on the question, but I reckon if you give an overview of the character’s progression throughout the play, and how they link to themes and convey Priestley’s message, as well as context if possible, that’s a great start.

Off the top of my head something like this would be good for example:

In ‘An Inspector Calls’ Priestley uses Sheila as a construct to convey the hope that socialism can bring for society. Through her progression in the play, as she goes from ‘pleased with life’ to realising her responsibility and role in Eva Smith’s death, Priestley uses Sheila to highlight the astute minds of the younger generation. Her growth and change in mindset throughout the play differs starkly from the older generation of Birlings, who refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Sheila’s role as a women also emphasises the patriarchal Edwardian society and Priestley’s portrayal of Sheila makes the reader aware of the impact of both the class and gender divides by her starkly different lifestyle to Eva, reinforcing his view of capitalism causing injustice and re-emphasising his desire for an egalitarian society.
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This depends on the question, but I reckon if you give an overview of the character’s progression throughout the play, and how they link to themes and convey Priestley’s message, as well as context if possible, that’s a great start.

Off the top of my head something like this would be good for example:

In ‘An Inspector Calls’ Priestley uses Sheila as a construct to convey the hope that socialism can bring for society. Through her progression in the play, as she goes from ‘pleased with life’ to realising her responsibility and role in Eva Smith’s death, Priestley uses Sheila to highlight the astute minds of the younger generation. Her growth and change in mindset throughout the play differs starkly from the older generation of Birlings, who refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Sheila’s role as a women also emphasises the patriarchal Edwardian society and Priestley’s portrayal of Sheila makes the reader aware of the impact of both the class and gender divides by her starkly different lifestyle to Eva, reinforcing his view of capitalism causing injustice and re-emphasising his desire for an egalitarian society.
Thank you so much
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