Priestley's life and his political views during the early 20th century - a time of gerald admits, i have gathered that he does drink pretty hard • when he hears how his father sacked eva smith, he supports the worker's cause, like sheila compare and contrast the attitudes of birling and the inspector throughout the play. As they celebrate sheila and gerald's engagement they are visited by the mysterious inspector goole who forces them to examine their responsibility in the sacking, pregnancy and suicide of a young girl called eva smith the action of the play is set in 1912 before the outbreak of the first world war because it was written at. This mean there is dramatic irony over birling 's comment about war the plot concerns eva smith a working class girl who commits sucide she used to work in birling 's factory and every family member affected her life an inspector comes to their house for investigation priestly message to the audience is that everyone in.
And life after the inspector arrives both women react in a different way to the news one is distressed and the other unfazed they seem to be on diverging terms with each other mainly in the way each confess their connections with eva smith and the way they behave after the inspector leaves at the beginning of act 1,. Celebration of sheila birling's and gerald croft's engagement, proves to be a horrifying experience for them as they learn that they have all played a part in the suicide of a young girl called eva smith from the start we see that mr birling is a hardheaded businessman and seems to look out for only himself and his reputation. Sheila is seen as someone who needs protecting from the harsh realities of life both gerald and birling try to get her out of the room when gerald is being questioned they have a different attitude to women of the town, and to eva smith mrs birling adds to this by implying that eva smith had ideas above her station.
Comparing the lives of sheila and eva smith 1645 words jan 22nd, 2008 7 pages in 1912, the time in which an inspector calls is set, british society was in a state of great unrest even though the play was written in 1946, priestly reveals his opposition to materialism in society by attacking an edwardian family with his. The birling family are arthur, sybil, eric and sheila gerald croft, sheila's fiancé, joins the birlings for dinner inspector goole arrives to conduct his investigation this investigation focuses on the death of eva smith, who changes her name to daisy renton she is significant but we never actually meet her the birlings' maid. Analyse and compare the roles of two characters in an inspector calls by j b priestley - assignment example and also it implies that she shows her feelings and has a different outlook on life in the first scene of the gerald and mr birling welcome him and are the first to be told about eva smiths suicide.
His main concern is not that of eva smith's life or affairs, but whether the honourable name of “birling” will be tarnished by the events surrounding her death this is especially true when their attitudes to morality are compared with those of the younger generation- most notably eric, and firstly sheila. In the start we see that the two children of mr and mrs birling(sheila and eric), support their parents in the beginning their character mrs birling had almost a 100 percent mirror of mr birling except that she flexes her muscles as head of the charity organization to refuse help to eva smith she felt that it.
Although she has probably never in her life before considered the conditions of the workers, she shows her compassion immediately she hears of her father's treatment of eva smith: but these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people already, she is starting to change she is horrified by her own part in eva's story. Gerald: and i've told you – i was awfully busy at the works all that time sheila : [same tone as before] that's what you say there are hints that there is a different attitude to life between the older and the younger generation when mr birling's children hear about his behaviour towards eva smith: eric: and i don't see why. He also felt that if people were more considerate of one another, it would improve quality of life for all this is why social the treatment of eva smith how each character does or doesn't take responsibility for their behaviour the inspector's lessons sheila takes responsibility for her actions and tells the truth gerald is.
Cleaners,etc and had a very little to earn in life with no way of going up a class the middle to think of them as upper-class as sheila gets engaged to gerald sheila is the daughter of authur birling and sybill birling, sheila is young and attractive shows sympathy for eva smith throughout the play cant blame her. The inspector begins to draw others into the tragedy of eva smith's life and death he attracts the sympathy of sheila and of the audience by his clear and hard- hitting description of the girl's misery page 17, sheila (rather distressed) sorry it's page 17, sheila “oh- just that i can't help how horrible” thinking.
15:38 eva smith explains the whole of an inspector calls - duration: 55:41 mr salles teaches english 26,404 views 55:41 the 'an inspector calls' song explained - duration: 6:22 mrbruff 59,253 views 6:22 sheila in act 1 of an inspector calls including feminism, morality plays and the supernatural. One unseen poem and one question comparing this sheila birling asked for eva smith to be sacked from millwards (a clothing shop) last year to shock the characters, and the audience, with the consequences of their involvement in eva smith's life inspector: she wasn't pretty when i saw her today, but she had been. In 1912, the time in which an inspector calls is set, british society was in a state of great unrest even though the play was written in 1946, priestly reveals his opposition to materialism in society by attacking an edwardian family with his criticism he writes about his worries about society at the time and how.