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20th Century Drama - An Inspector Calls.

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Introduction

20th Century Drama An Inspector Calls An Inspector Calls was written in 1944-45 but set in 1912 before the world war. In 1944-45 Priestly sent the script of An Inspector Calls to Moscow as unfortunately there were no London Theatres available, so due to this the script was established in 2 theatres in 1945, which it came back to London to be produced. The audience were in the 1945 mood whilst watching the play that was set in 1912. So the audience are re-visiting what was soon to come -2 years later the 1st world war and the sinking of the 'unsinkable ship' Titanic on her maiden voyage. A version of another detective thriller, as what it seemed at the beginning of the play. The opening scene involves the audience being invited in to the play in a very cosily style to a warm scene of a diner party where all the characters of the Birling family are introduced including Gerald Croft. A mysterious inspector intrudes on the cosy scene... As one by one each member of the Birling family is questioned there is a chain of events that sequences and links the whole investigation to a suicide murder. However this is not what it is only about, but there is another story portrayed that leads into confusion about the real identity of the inspector. Was he a Ghost, was he the voice of conscious or was he...? Who knows! ...read more.

Middle

As the Inspector entrances he is 'looking steadily and searching at them' that certainly instigates a symbolic entrance by the Inspector. So overall this entrance by the Inspector creates an exciting atmosphere. The next dramatic entrance, in my opinion is the most gripping one that can put an audience in great stimulus. This is not the last entrance of the play but it is the entrance by the last suspected culprit, 'Eric' that is to be questioned by the Inspector that can lead to the final conclusion of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton's suicide attack. The entrance takes place right at the end of act two, once again leaving the audience in great amazement and eagerness. The audience have just heard Mrs. Birling 'being prejudice' against the young lady who has confessed that she is pregnant and that the husband was 'silly, wild and drinks too much.' The audience is now beginning to indicate the phrases and descriptions of this 'husband' to Eric. Sheila has understood but Mrs. Birling is continuously accusing the 'drunken young idler' despite being interrupted by Sheila on regular intervals. The facial expressions conveyed show a great dismay. Birling is 'thunderstruck' by the information that has been concluded by Mrs. Birling herself. The behaviour of the characters, the tone of their voice, gestures and expressions all combine together to form a sequence of 'dramatic tension.' ...read more.

Conclusion

The stage directions are interpreted as a confident exit which leads to a successful play involving exits that have a turning effect on the audience. So overall, the play can be classified as a success. One reason for this is the involvement of exits and entrances that create shock, jolt and maybe a form of relaxation. In my opinion I thought that the most dramatic exit or entrance is the entrance performed by Eric right at the end of Act 2. This is very significant entrance that is performed in a nail biting situation and that can put the audience in great enthusiasm. At the beginning of the play 'An Inspector calls' is introduced to a tranquil opening scene. In comparison, the closing scene is totally opposite to the opening scene as the closing scene shows the characters in a muddled and in a fearful mood and the atmosphere is uneasy. A point to be noted is that in the opening scene of the play the whole characters of the play (minus Edna and Inspector) are present for the ceremony and after so many dramatic exits and shocking entrances the same characters are shown in the closing scene but with a different mood, a mood of distress and mayhem as the chain of events has finally come to an end. J.B Priestley's message to his readers is that 'We are responsible for each other' Shaista Iqbal- Candidate Number: 8282- Centre Number: 37113- GCSE English Assignment- Page 1 ...read more.

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