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An Inspector Calls Coursework J.B. Priestley wrote the play entitled An Inspector Calls in 1946, just after the 2nd World War. Although it was set in the spring of 1912, just before the 1st World War, it was almost immediately recognized as a grand work. J.B. Priestley was writing the play for a middle class audience and was trying to speak up for the working class by showing how the Birlings and Gerald Croft were all involved in making a young working class girl's life a misery, therefore the themes of inequality and guilt are used as a means of creating tension. Priestley shows us that we have a responsibility to others to act fairly and without prejudice. Some say Socialist messages are delivered through the mouth of the inspector, who takes on the role of a teacher to the Birling family, which could be a main argument of where the source of the tension comes from. An important device which the writer Priestley uses to create immediate tension is the use of specific time from when the play was written (1945) and when it was first performed (1912). These factors play a role in indicating how the characters are used to create tension towards the audience. Through Birling's comments about the war and the Titanic "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" Priestley is now able to use a large amount of dramatic irony to make (the head of the house) ...read more.


I can interpret that this captures the attention of the audience, leaving them and myself with feelings of suspense and apprehension. Priestley crafts the language to create an amount of dramatic tension through the voice of Sheila when she finds out the truth about Gerald's and Eva Smiths lurking affair. An amount of sarcasm and devious words are used when Sheila implies" ...I must obviously be a selfish, vindictive creature." This language automatically has an instant affect on the audience as the words "must" and "obviously" uphold the thin resistance to Sheila's dignity, this therefore shows the audience that Sheila's patience is building and the audience await for Sheila to show her anger, as the young woman is becoming more and more displeased. The intensified atmosphere is the product of the effect on the character of Sheila, in general she is jealous and arrogant therefore her harsh words to follow her hidden devious meanings of blame that she seems to attempt to get 'one up on everyone' characterise the theme of the breaking down of family bonds, when secrets start to take control. I feel the audience's reaction to the explosive information given out is one of expectancy. I personally understand that the audience would expect Sheila to realise the comparison between the affair and the awareness of secrecy all last summer, as she is a witty and slightly paranoid character, therefore Priestley causes a climax as we wait to the unfolding of the recognition by Sheila. ...read more.


Mr Birling makes a speech saying" We employers at last are coming together to see that our interests...are properly protected". He refers to the employers; meaning upper classes, rights and believes they should be completely different to the other lower classes, which in the eyes of the audience is wrong. The constant theme of social responsibility, which is concentrated in the Inspectors speech, is used to compare wide thoughts of each of the characters i.e. Birling's and Inspectors, as they both share completely different views (Birling's loud mouthed ignorance is in contrast with the Inspector's humble attitude yet very cunning. In conclusion, I feel that Priestley has succeeded in creating tension throughout the body of the play as it has ultimately achieved the sense of justice when communistic thoughts and connections with backgrounds and classes were all too important back when the play was set, for example the First World War is the key aspect that many communist's have devoted their lives to fighting for their beliefs. His audience are importantly made to understand the unfortunate difference between an average wealthy family (such as the Birlings) and a lower class family, which is portrayed constantly in the play. I feel that cleverly the message given across by Priestly is one that is still so relevant to today's world, that everybody's actions and responsibilities are all so relevant to others lives around us no matter how high their social station is. WORD COUNT: 1,149 Alex Defusto ...read more.

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