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'An Inspector Calls' by J.B Priestly Harry Harris 10S3 'An Inspector Calls' is an interesting and highly dramatic play. The entire play is based on the suspense of 'what happens next'. Every so often a dramatic climax occurs in which another more cunning and amazing part of the plot is revealed on how Eva Smith/Daisy Renton decided to end her life. I like this play because of how Priestly continually reveals the plot piece by piece and how he bases his play on the 3 main unities Time, Place and Action, which are essential for a good dramatic play. The plot is made up of a whole series of mini climaxes or dramatic moments. The play is set in the upper middle class household of a very well to do family the Birlings who make a lot of money from their business. All scenes take place in one room the dining room allowing you to fully understand how the play turns from a family celebration to despair to relief and to complete astonishment by the ending dramatic phone call. The play is set in 1912 and this was when there was a very high difference between the middle class industrialists and the working class workers and as the play is set in the same place and at the same time all of the action can easily be taken in from the audience and any messages of the plot of the play can be quite easily conveyed. ...read more.


He sort of tricks them into confessing if you will, that's why he is a strong and good character. As I said at the beginning in a way the play is made up of a whole series of mini climaxes or dramatic moments and each time we learn about a characters involvement with her, it's a bit of a climax. You can clearly see a pattern emerging while you are waiting to see how the next characters involved. Each interview leads to a small climax as we find out what somebody did, although some moments clearly stand out as being more dramatic then others. At the end of the second act when you realise the significance of what Mrs Birling has said that is a dramatic moment. She was the hardest for the inspector to crack and find out her involvement and so it's quite exciting as an audience to see her shown up for what she really is. Also a dramatic moment and the way in which Priestly delivers his political message is the inspector's speech. In my opinion the best part in the play because not only do you here the Inspectors final reflection but you also understand Priestlys whole point in writing the play. Another 2 dramatic moments are the realisation after ringing the Police chief that there is no Inspector Goole and then everyone becomes completely baffled but just after they have recovered after believing it was all a hoax there's a final dramatic phone call. ...read more.


Who was he? Was there some kind of supernatural thing happening? I mean foreseeing the arrival of a real Inspector and a real crisis for Gerald and the Birlings. I thin perhaps priestly intended him to be a ghost. Well think about it Goole sounds like ghoul. Anyway it's a very dramatic moment with a lot of mysterious stuff to end with not to mention the fact you are left with thinking well what happens next as well as all of the moral issues you are left to think about. Also Inspector Goole is so convincing as an Inspector and yet we find out at the end that he doesn't exist. This play has a lot of very good dramatic moments and a cast of strong and interesting characters each with their own purpose. Lastly of course it's a play with a strong political message which made maybe still makes you think about our capitalist society and how the upper and middle classes treat the working classes and that after knowing that perhaps Eva Smith/Daisy Renton might not of died they still do not learn from their mistakes which is a shame because I feel that the main thing that makes us human is that unlike animals we have the ability to learn from our worst mistakes so they don't happen ever again and that is why I think 'An Inspector calls is an effective play and why J.B Priestly is one hell of a writer. Harry Harris 10S3 ...read more.

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