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Sam Watts 19 October 2006 An Inspector Calls "How does the way Priestley creates dramatic tension in the play encourage the audience to sympathise with his views?" Priestley wrote "An Inspector Calls" straight after the Second World War. He sets the play in the period just before the First World War in 1912, both were periods of a lot of social change. Priestley sets out to entertain his audience with a dramatic play full of suspense. Priestley's views in the play seem to be all about morals. That it is important to look after each other, and that all people should be treated equally and be able to dream of a better life. Priestley ensures that he gets across his strong socialist ideas. He offers the audience a rather foolish, self obsessed upper class family. By way of contrast he offers us inspector Goole as a very clever, classless hero of the play. During the play he develops most characters as immoral and with limited intellect. ...read more.


Priestley does not make his main character very attractive and give him all the characteristics that are not desirable or likeable, so getting the audience to sympathise with his socialist views. One of the moments of dramatic tensions occurs when Gerald confesses to Sheila about his affair with Eva, and that they must keep it from the Inspector because he has no part in her suicide "I'm sorry, Shelia. But it was all over and done with, last summer. I hadn't set eyes on the girl for at least six months. I don't come into this suicide business". Sheila doesn't agree just as the Inspector opens the door he says, "Well?" Priestley is showing the audience at this point, nobody in the family can see any connections with their actions and the fate of this young girl. The end of act three is also dramatic as it is the moment when Eric turns on his own parents and sister. He tells his mother she killed Eva. ...read more.


Priestly makes his play dramatic by including a death with a huge twist at the end. The ending changes the play from a crime investigation into maybe something supernatural. Normally at the end of a play everything is sorted out, but not in this one. Priestly doesn't give an explanation about who inspector Goole was. This increases the mystery surrounding him, which lifts the amount of tension in the play. Priestley's play was very topical and relevant in his day when socialism was sweeping the world and people were living in restless times. He wasn't particularly subtle about how he got his message across; he didn't offer a balanced view. His main point's concerning selfishness and greed are still as important today. Priestly survived the World War One trenches and this probably helped him form many of his views of the world. He taught us that you can have a huge effect by people's lives on what you say and do, and that people can change e.g. Shelia and Eric changed from understanding what the inspector said so they change their views and feelings. We are all responsible for each other. ...read more.

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