Theme Of Sheila In An Inspector Calls

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J.B Priestley uses the character Sheila to portray his ideas to the audience. One of the author's / playwright’s techniques is the change within Sheila, from a young girl that desires material things to a conscientious and clear headed woman who makes a conscious decision to admit her failings. After the inspector started talking to Sheila, the audience quickly found out that she did actually have a part in the events that lead to the death of Eva Smith / Daisy Renton. Sheila had forced the manager at Millwards to fire Eva / Daisy because she was jealous of how well the dress fitted her. As soon as she admitted to making the manager fire Eva Smith / Daisy Renton she then defended herself by saying, “she was a pretty girl and looked like she…show more content…
She replies with “these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people”. Here the author / playwright shows that the younger members of the Birling family like Sheila and Eric have a more sympathetic side for people that work under them and they actually see them as people as well as just workers. Now the audience can see that Sheila seems to have matured a bit and is actually starting to consider what her actions have done to the lower class. The phrase “they’re people” shows the audience that Sheila has finally come to the realisation that no matter what class the person is technically classified under they all have feelings, need money and food to survive. In the 1900s there was a large class divide between people that were rich and people that were poor. The poor were generally the lower class who had to work and save each and every penny in order to survive. This was because there was no Welfare State which would’ve helped the poor a lot and kept them fed and clothed. This means that firing someone, especially a woman, and then if they could not find another job they would’ve possibly had to turn to begging or prostitution. Which is what Eva Smith / Daisy Renton invariably
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