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An Inspector Calls

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Explore the Dramatic Techniques Used by J.B. Priestly in Act 3 of "An Inspector Calls" to Convey his Concerns and Ideas to the Audience, as well as Interest and Involve Them in his Play. What Does This Reveal About the Birling Family and Their Society? J.B. Priestly has many concerns, but his main concerns whilst writing this play were to influence the public to take up a more socialistic approach to life. This was his concern because although the play was set in 1912, before the First World War, it was written in the 1940's after the two World Wars had taken place and he knew the outcome of the events that were mentioned during the play. For example, in Act 1, Birling says that the Titanic is "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable," but as we all know, the Titanic, which sailed about 18 months after this was said, sank near to eastern United States within transatlantic waters. Furthermore, the `Inspector` provides a key role in attempting to transform the Birlings from self-superiority, down to modesty and being humble. ...read more.


She said that the father was only a youngster - silly and wild and drinking too much. There couldn't be any question of marrying him - it would be wrong for them both. He had given her money but she didn't want to take any more money from him. All a lot of nonsense - I didn't believe a word of it." was prejudiced, she did not like her, and from then on it was all one-sided and Eva could do nothing. This shows that Eva has the stronger sense of moral responsibility. Mr Birling's reaction, "You must give me a list of those accounts. I've got to cover this up as soon as I can. You damned fool," shows that he doesn't really care about Eric, he even calls his son a "Damned fool" showing no affection for him, he just wants his royal honour as soon as possible and is more concerned about his business and his reputation, than his own family. This shows he has a bad attitude and no moral values whatsoever. ...read more.


When the telephone rings a few minutes later, Mr Birling answers and his face drops. There is a lot of tension and suspense yet again during the call, Mr Birling pauses quite a few times to increase it dramatically. He puts the phone down and looks at everybody, then reveals the news. This raises questions for the audience and leaves them with a cliffhanger. The timing of the telephone call is important because it suddenly changes the mood from joyous to shocking and frightening. A second visit from an Inspector increases the suspense and shows that somebody still needs to be taught a lesson. This makes the audience feel stunned and makes them wonder if they should or should not sympathise with the family. The family would ensure that the course of events was different next time around. The playwright's message is still relevant today so we are able to see the differences between right and wrong, confession and rejection, guilt and innocence. It has been written to show the people of today and future generations how not to live, and to avoid unwanted circumstances during their life. Joe Verdin 11 Graham Mrs McGain ...read more.

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