Character Analysis of Sheila in An Inspector Calls
Sheila is unlike any other character in the play - she is far more
conscientious and more sensitive than any of the others, and she does
not express her opinion as frequently or forcefully as her parents.
When Sheila hears of the death of Eva Smith she is genuinely shocked
by the news, and despite the fact that she does not know her, she is
still upset. We can see this from what she says when she hears the
news: "Oh - how horrible!". When the Inspector shows her a photograph
of the girl she reacts much more dramatically than any of the others,
which tells us that perhaps she had already realised that her
behaviour towards the girl had been inappropriate and unnecessary, and
that she was feeling guilty about it.
Sheila is more moral than the other characters and this can be seen
throughout her questioning, and she is immediately sorry for having
had a part to play in the demise of Eva Smith. When it is revealed
that Sheila was the one who had Eva Smith made redundant she is
immediately sorry and obviously upset that she did something like
this. "It's the only time I've ever done anything like that, and I'll
never, never do it again to anybody", from this we can see that she is
genuinely sorry, and rather than trying to make excuses or remove any
blame from her, she accepts her responsibility for the welfare of the
girl, and makes a decision to change her behaviour in future, which is
a very different reaction from any of the others. Sheila demonstrates
that she is ashamed of her actions and she is the only character to
tell the Inspector the truth from the beginning.
Another noticeable aspect of Sheila's character is that she submits...