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An inspector calls

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Introduction J.B Priestley keeps the interest of the audience throughout 'An Inspector Calls' in a variety of ways. Paragraph 1 J.B Priestley gives us a lot of clues in the play 'An Inspector Calls' which makes us feel that things are not quite as they seem. In the play we see that there is a lot of tension in the Birling household, and there are a lot of secrets kept amongst them. In the play at the engagement party we find out that there are a lot of arguments going on between the men and the women. Also we find out that Gerald had been avoiding Sheila all last summer and Sheila feels that she should know what had happened last summer. "Yes-except for all last summer, when you never came near me, and I wondered what had happened to you." We also find out that Sheila needed a ring from Gerald for reassurance. Next we find out that Eric was hiding something because he says in mid sentence "Oh yes, I remember" but then he pauses and doesn't tell anyone about it. This suggests to us that he was hiding something from the beginning. Paragraph 2 In the play 'An Inspector Calls' J.B Priestley uses cliffhangers to attract the attention of the audience. ...read more.


Birling doesn't want to take the blame for Eva's death so he blames Eric and also he is worried about his public status. He is worried about if he is going to get knighted or not. He doesn't care about what happened to this girl Eva smith. All he cares about is if this becomes a public scandal. "Yes, and you don't realize yet all you've done. Most of this is bound to come out. There'll be a public scandal" Mrs. Birling takes the side of Mr. Birling. She blames the whole thing on Sheila and Eric. However Sheila and Eric did take the blame for what they did to Eva Smith, they both felt guilty and had learnt their lesson. Gerald didn't feel too guilty and he didn't entirely blame someone else either. After the Inspector left, Gerald acted normally and 'cool' and tried to figure things out. He tried to figure out if the Inspector was real or not and afterwards they rang the infirmary to see if what happened was true. He then started to act as if nothing had happened. So in a way he didn't feel guilty. Paragraph 6 J.B Priestley uses dramatic irony in the play, In act 1 we see Mr. ...read more.


As Gerald says- we've been had" This leaves the play ending as a mystery but just as the Birling's begin to go back to their old ways, the phone rings and there is another Inspector on the way. This leaves us even more puzzled because what happened in the play was going to happen again. But overall I think the Inspector was just their conscience warning them that if they were to go back to their old ways then, they would have to be punished again. Conclusion I think overall throughout 'An Inspector Calls' J.B Priestley keeps us interested by using a variety of techniques. In the play we see that he uses Dramatic irony in acts 1, 2&3. Also he uses cliffhangers to end each act which makes us want to find out what is going to happen next. He also reveals to us how there is a lot of conflict going on between the members of the Birling family. This is good because he leaves clues at the beginning of the play which develops the plot and makes us interested. It also makes us know more than we already do. Another thing Is that he reveals to us what role each of the characters played in Eva/Daisy's life. Using all these techniques he uses suspense in the play to make us interested and read more. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Coursework ...read more.

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