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Describe the importance of Sheila's role in the play An inspector calls.

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Introduction

Describe the importance of Sheila's role in the play.-Michael Rowell At the beginning Sheila was not one of the main characters as Birling takes centre stage. Setting on the play seemed revolved around the characters. The older furniture in the living room matched the aging and upper class type that is Birling. During the play Sheila is the only concerned and totally serious character to the situation. There are some well linked scenes in the play setting a mood for Sheila with the marriage, her husband to be Gerald. The pink light in the house makes Shila feel more relaxed as the set looks almost like a love scene. During the play, Sheila is the main link between the Inspector and the Audience. She constantly changes and develops as the Story is told. ...read more.

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This sudden chance in language implicates how her attitude in the play is changing to a more mean and ruthless in her anguish towards their casual behaviour. The Inspector is a Catalyst in the character and emotions of Sheila, on impact hitting the house hold with shame. She is the most interested of people asking everyone what exactly they did, just like a second inspector who wants to put together the whole picture for the audience. Other example of this role is like when she spoke to Gerald. "What about this girl?" Her role is to be the girl that needs to know everything and gets the most upset with the strong concerns with deep emotions(urgently, cutting in) ...read more.

Conclusion

Compared with her mother's character Shelia is much more curious, wondering what their part in it was. "Go on, Mother. You might as well admit it". This curiosity shows how Shelia's role is to try and play the role of the audience. Her mother appears more up her self with stubbornness, "And if I was, what business is it of yours? Giving out the impression that she thinks she has higher authority than the inspector. Her importance to the play is that she is the centre piece, linking together the entire story and characters. Connected with Gerald's affair with her, the daughter of Birling and Mrs B and having a part for herself also containing the secret from her family that Eric is a heavy drinker which was significant to the fate of Eva smith. Clearly showing how she was the essential link to the whole play. ...read more.

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