There is great irony in Sheila’s character as when the Inspector first comes round and as he is questioning Birling, she says how mean he is like ”I think it was a mean thing to do” and “But these girls aren’t cheap labour- there people” which is her having a go at Birling still going along with what the audience is thinking but as she discovers her part in the death, her language suddenly changes to “I cant believe you people, a women actually died and it was all our faults” as she is overcome with guilt. 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) and (slowly, carefully now) as her main role is to connect with the audience.
By expressing her emotions of remorse she keeps the viewer informed of the tragic events that is their responsibility in killing the Eva Smith.”(With feeling) Mother, I think it was cruel and vile!”, “(bitterly) “For letting father and me chucked out of her jobs”. These quotes shows how the emotions are more directly presented to the reader as her exact feeling is in the brackets and with the more intense atmosphere, the play seems more like a drama with all of the different emotions of her character presented to the audience, Sheila is a crucial character who represents the whole mood of the household with.
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.
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