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Imagine that you are directing the play an inspector calls and have to explain to the actress playing Sheila how you think her part should played. Write the guidance you give her.

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Imagine that you are directing the play an inspector calls and have to explain to the actress playing Sheila how you think her part should played. Write the guidance you give her. An Inspector Calls: The play is set in the dining room of the Birling's house in an industrial city, Brumley in the North Midlands. The Birling's are enjoying a family dinner party to celebrate the engagement of Sheila and Gerald, when the door bell rings. It is an inspector who announces that he is investigating the suicide earlier that day of a young woman called Eva Smith. At first the family deny any involvement but gradually they are all implicated in her tragedy. The moral message that Preistley is trying to give is that everyone needs to be treated equally there shouldn't be classes where upper class people look down on lower class people, and treat them badly Everyone should be treated the same. The inspector gives a speech that gives the message. "There are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their suffering, and chances of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, with what we think and say and do. We don't live alone. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish." Sheila is a pretty girl in her early 20s; She is very pleased with life and rather excited. She is quite childish and she doesn't like to be laughed at by her brother. This is shown by the way she speaks to him. She generally speaks quite babyishly. She does have a sinister side to her personality. When the inspector arrives she just barges in and starts enquiring into what is going on. ...read more.

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has respect for him for admitting it she knew that he was up to something when he didn't go near her last year, and that now she knows. The inspector tells Mrs Birling that she spoke to and saw Eva smith only two weeks ago. Sheila is shocked and Mrs Birling admits that this is true. Eva smith had appealed to Mrs Birling's charity for money, she hadn't called herself Eva Smith or Even Daisy Renton; She had called herself, Mrs. Birling. Which had prejudiced the "real" Mrs Birling towards her case. The inspector asked, "you admit to being prejudiced towards her case?" and Mrs Birling replied "yes" Sheila Says "Mother she has just died a horrible death - don't forget." Sheila is feeling really guilty because so many members of her family are involved with the death of this young girl. Mrs Birling said that she didn't like Eva Smith's attitude and that she felt that refusing her case was the right thing to do. The inspector wants Mrs Birling to realise that she did something wrong and says "I think you did something terribly wrong and you are going to spend the rest of your life regretting it. I wish you'd been with me tonight in the infirmary, you'd have seen -" The inspector really does want Mrs Birling to feel guilty for refusing Eva smith claim. Sheila bursts in and says, "No, No please! I've imagined it enough already." The inspector deliberately carries on and tells the inspector that Eva smith was pregnant. Sheila was horrified and says to her mother "you must have known" Sheila feels even worse that Eva smith not only killed herself, she killed another little life too. Mr Birling Butts in and asks if Gerald was responsible. The inspector reassures them that he wasn't. Sheila says "thank goodness for that! Though I don't know why I should care now." ...read more.

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They keep arguing until Gerald starts to question whether all these things happened to the same girl. Gerald thinks that these things could have happened to 4 or 5 different girls. And Sheila wants to know how they can prove this, so Gerald calls the infirmary and no girl had died, So everyone continues on with the celebrations except Sheila and Eric "if everything we said had happened. If it didn't end tragically then that's lucky for us, but it might have done." Sheila wants them all to realise the extent of what they did, Sheila passionately says, "you're pretending everything's just as it was before." And Sheila wants her family to talk it over but they don't seem to want to do this. Gerald tries to give back the engagement ring but Sheila says, "No, no not yet, it's too soon, I must think" The interesting thing about Sheila is that she's the one character who really changes in the course of the play. The Inspector's words have an effect on her and she realises what she's done. She recognises that she did wrong to Eva Smith, and she wants to mend her ways. All of this has to be conveyed in stage performance. At the start she's rather complacent when the Inspector takes her through the incident in the dress shop when Eva Smith serves her. In the course of the interrogation she's naturally rather defensive but she eventually acknowledges she's not acted correctly. A lot of this can be conveyed to the audience through tone of voice and posture on stage. When the Inspector goes onto interrogate the others she realises what he's saying. So she changes and becomes on his side. Once again voice and body language will play a big part here. She goes onto confront other members of her family when they attempt to dodge the guilt that's thrown at them. So just think about how you can get this across to the audience. ...read more.

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