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An Inspector Calls

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Introduction

An Inspector Calls There are a variety of techniques Priestley uses to make the audience react differently to characters like The Inspector and Birling. Priestley manipulates dramatic devices, stage directions and the language to get different effects. An example of stage directions is when the Inspector enters. 'The lighting should be pink and intimate until the Inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder.' This has been done because Priestley shows the audience that under the harsh bright light, he is going to reveal the characters for who they truly are. The pink and intimate lighting shows that the Birling's are under a fa�ade and have something to hide. When the Inspector arrives Edna introduces him and then before talking he stares at the other characters. 'He speaks carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking.' The way the Inspector looks at the characters makes them feel nervous and emphasises that they have something to hide and by doing this the inspector will make the guilt feel uneasy. ...read more.

Middle

Horrid business. But I don't understand why you should have come here, Inspector-' Priestley uses dialogue to show how Mr Birling doesn't care about anyone else but himself and how others perceive him. This provides a surprise reaction from the audience who think that he is a cold hearted man who only cares about himself. The way in which the inspector tells the Birling's about Eva Smith's death reveals a lot about him. 'Two hours ago a young woman died in the infirmary. She'd been taken there this afternoon because she'd swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant. Burnt her inside out, of course.' He is very plain and blunt about how he says it and this tells the audience that this man has nothing to hide, an honest and true man who is straight to the point. This favours the audience towards him slightly. An example of a dramatic device that Priestley uses for effect is the photo of the girl who is meant to be Eva smith, but causes great confusion and suspense at the end if the play when they question whether or not their photos were the same. ...read more.

Conclusion

He swore there wasn't any Inspector Goole or anybody like him on the force here.' This adds to the mystery of the inspector and we wonder if he actually was an inspector and the Birlings feel relieved, however Sheila and Eric know that it isn't over and Sheila says, ' He was our inspector all right,' even if he wasn't an inspector he inspected them and taught them a good lesson. Overall the point of this play is to bring across Priestley message of socialism. This is because capitalists only care about money, they do not care about the consequences that happen to other people due to their actions to gain money and they lack sympathy. They are sycophants and they do not regret their wrong actions. Priestley spreads the socialist message throughout the play including in the inspectors final speech. He makes the audience feel as if they are seriously flawed and opens their eyes and makes them think that they can better themselves. By making the audience react to Birling in a negative way they are likely to oppose his way of life and Priestley encourages them to follow the inspector's message. ...read more.

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