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A comparison of speeches on the characters Inspector Goole and Mr Birling.

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Yr10 Coursework On An Inspector Calls Introduction I am going to do a piece of coursework on a comparison of two speeches, one is on Inspector Goole and the other is on Mr Birling. This will include a close analysis of dramatic devices and language feature, but first I will tell you a little bit about the play. The play was set in 1912 before world war one and written in 1946 after world war two. Priestly who wrote the play was a radical thinker. Priestly wrote it to entertain and moralize. Mr Birling's speech Priestley has used many linguistic features to make Birlings speech a success. The features I am going to discuss are on: Repetition, Conjunctions and Punctuation. I am going to demonstrate how these features culminate to aid the audience's awareness of character context and class. Priestly makes Mr Birling sound big headed when he says, "I'm talking as a hard headed, practical man of business." Priestly also uses some repetition in his speech here are some examples; * "Unsinkable absolutely unsinkable" That is stated about half way through his speech when they are talking about the Titanic. ...read more.


I don't think he respects his fathers opinions because his father is too "Big headed, smug and unrealistic." I think the younger characters are disagreeing because they are "growing up in the real world" and Birling is being unrealistic, I also think that Eric and Sheila are shown to be far more socially minded and less selfish. Priestley makes use of concrete nouns in Birling's speech. I have come to the conclusion that Birling's speech is saturated with concrete nouns such as "aeroplanes, automobiles, and locomotives." This gives the impression that he puts things before people. There are also a fair few Triadic structures. E.g. "There'll be peace and prosperity and rapid progress everywhere," This construction shows the confidence in the future." Priestley also added a'lot of emotive language to Birling's speech. E.g. "Impossible, progress, bigger and faster, luxury, unsinkable, scaremongers." I think he uses emotive language; to play with the audience's emotions also it makes more impact. Birling's speech is full of dramatic irony because he mentioned that there would be no more wars and the Titanic was unsinkable. ...read more.


Such as hopes, fears, suffering, happiness and anguish. He speaks very openly to increase sincere effect. Because this is the final speech in the play, it has to be hard hitting, and Priestley does this using abstract nouns, repetition, triadic structures and short sentences. The inspectors view of society and responsibility and war are totally different from Birling's ideas. Both Birling's and Inspectors speeches lock to the future but have different visions. E.g. Birling, sees no war and peace and prosperity all over the world, And..... The inspector sees fire, blood and anguish from those who haven't learnt from there mistakes. Priestley makes the inspector abruptly leaves by his last short sentence, "Good night." Conclusion Over all I didn't like the play, we don't know who or what inspector Goole real is, if I was to guess I would think he was either a relation of Eva, Guardian angel, Spiritualist/Psychic, enemy of the Birling's, Joker, teacher/guide, Confessor, or a mouth piece for Priestley. It is through Goole that Priestley can present his views on society to his audience. I also think that the play "An Inspector Calls," has a very cryptic ending. Coursework completed by Michael Gillett 10.3 ...read more.

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