The play is set in 1912 in the family home of the wealthy Mr Arthur Birling. When the play begins the family are celebrating the engagement of Sheila to Gerald Croft who is also present. After dinner the women Sybil and Sheila leave and Arthur is telling Gerald and his son Eric; "that a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own" When an
Eva became desperate and goes to the palace bar, calling herself Daisy Renton where Gerald picks her up. He puts her up in his friend's rooms, which leads to her becoming his mistress. After Gerald ends their affair she goes to the seaside until her money runs out. She is forced to return to the palace bar where she meets Eric. After spending some time with Eric she becomes pregnant, so he gives her some money. When Eva discovers the money is stolen she refuses to take anymore. With no options left to her she goes to the Brumley Woman's Charity Organization calling herself Mrs Birling. This angered Sybil and caused her to refuse the plea. This final blow led Eva to kill herself by drinking disinfectant.
Sheila is also very snobbish saying things like; "Chump! I can't drink to this, can I?" The language she uses shows that she is snobbish and reveals her whole attitude to life.
When Sheila witnesses her father's questioning by the
While being questioned be the
Sheila is also a lot stronger and more wilful at the end of the play, which is chiefly shown, in her attitude to Gerald; "I suppose you're going to prove now you didn't spend last summer keeping this girl." She has the confidence to say and do things that never would have occurred to her before. The new knowledge she has gained has become a source of strength as well as the cause of great guilt, which she must now learn to live with.
I think Sheila will change substantially as a result of the
My opinion of Sheila is that she has a very promising future now that she has changed her ways. She may now become a member of a prominent group fighting for the social change she has come to realise is so important. I think the play as a whole was very interesting to read and was extremely thought provoking due to the mysterious ending. I very much agree with the message of the play of social inclusion and the importance of community.
The play is still relevant today because too many, people still take heed of the words of men like Arthur Birling; "A man has to make his own way-has to look after himself-and his family too of course…" This causes much social ostracization in working class communities meaning there are still young men and women like Eva Smith killing themselves in the big towns and cities all over the world.