In act three where its known now after questioning from the inspector that Eric is also involved by getting Daisy/Eva pregnant and then stealing money from the family business, this is where Sheila probably takes the smallest role in the conversations since the beginning, but what she does do is accept what she has done and tries to tell everyone to do the same, she does all this while everyone’s arguing about Eric and what he has done by interrupting everything and saying “I had her turned out of a job. I started it” this shows her acceptance of what she has done, and also says once the inspector leaves “I have behaved badly too. I know I did. I’m ashamed of it”, this also shows her acceptance of the whole situation and what she has done but she also shows guilt and remorse when she says she’s ashamed of what she’s done.
After the inspector left the atmosphere begins to calm down, and everything is only just beginning to settle into everyone’s minds of what’s happened. While Eric, her father and her mother are arguing she then thinks to herself and only her accepts responsibility for what has happened. She later on during this part, while everyone’s arguing to go on and lecture everybody else to take into account what has happened and accept responsibility for it all, to show her disbelief in their behaviour Sheila says “the point is, you don’t seemed to have learnt anything” this shows her feelings to everybody and makes them understand why she is so keen on putting the point forward.
Unexpectedly another turn of events occurs, it now seems that the inspector who questioned them all was a fake after Gerald came back from a little investigation of his own, now everybody relaxes thinking it was all some hoax, but Sheila still remains the same taking the whole experience as a lesson which she feels everyone should learn from even if the death of the woman was a fake but everything which has been revealed is still something they shouldn’t ease up on. After all this the play takes a final twist where they confirm about the fake inspector and phone up the infirmary to confirm there was no death of a woman there, it is confirmed much to everyone’s relief that there was no death, but after the another phone call comes through and what everyone was not expecting happened, a death had happened of a young woman at the infirmary.
In this last part shows that Sheila staying strong minded didn’t allow herself to seem weak and came across by being far the most strongest character at the end, with her staying focused with what she thought and trying to tell everyone else to do the same. By doing this Priestley can counter stereotype what people thoughts were on women’s mentality and how they are easily distracted from what they originally think and by giving Sheila a stronger role in the play which you would normally associate a male with.
Overall throughout the play Priestley successfully portrays Sheila as being the far most adaptive character and changes the most, varying in each situation and allowing herself to be actively involved in the conversations. Sheila also represents a lot of what Priestley actually was and what his beliefs were, for example when Sheila argued the point to her own father that the women weren’t a form of cheap labour, which represented the view which Priestley believed that everyone should have equal rights, but she also represented what modern day society was like back then and the people higher up in society what they were like also.
Sheila’s character overall was a very important role within the play, to not only use as a sort of puppet for Priestley to put across his socialist views and thoughts, but as a contrast to modern day society back then and show how society can changed by using herself as a role model, from the beginning where she was very bratty and unaware of how her actions could effect other people (note: a key socialist view of Priestley), and how towards the end she realised that she would have to come to terms with what she has done and change he actions in the future to make sure it doesn’t happen again. By far in my own opinion, Sheila’s character changed the most throughout the whole play in all aspects, from the development of her use of language to her overall role in the play itself, conversational wise and acting wise.