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An inspector calls is set in entirely one room. How does priestley create and maintain tension throughout the play?

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An inspector calls is set in entirely one room. How does priestley create and maintain tension throughout the play? In this essay I'm going to explain how the writer priestly creates tension during the play. This essay will also explore different dramatic devices for example juxtaposition, plot, subtext, dramatic irony, setting, Lighting & Props, Exits and entrances & stage directions to explore how these create tension. Priestly uses lighting to create and maintain tension throughout the play for example he writes 'lighting should be pink and intimate'. The use of the words 'pink & intimate' tells us that the mood in the room is calm and positive. Also by using the choice of colour 'pink' it makes the room feel like a dream world and everything is happy. This could be that the colour ''pink'' seems that we are looking through ''rose coloured glasses'' this suggests that it is far too over the top in its positivity, another meaning for the colour 'pink' is that it is very romantic and the imagery suggests things like roses this could make the audience feel that the couple are very much in love This is because they are celebrating Gerald & Shelia's wedding proposal but that mood is soon shattered & starts to show the tension as soon as the inspector arrives. The words 'brighter' and 'harder' suggest danger and makes things more tough. The word 'brighter' suggests that its like a spotlight which is harsh & bright which is searching, this would make the audience feel pressured to answer the questions this also suggests the idea of the spotlight searching as if the inspector is looking for something. This therefore also emphasis the idea of police and it makes the birling family look and feel like criminals. ...read more.

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quite out of key' by using the words 'briskly & self confident' it makes Mrs birling seem that she's more important then everybody else. This could make the audience feel that she looks down on others because of her class and could cause audience members to dislike her. It Also makes her seem that she is challenging the inspector & that's she knows she will win because she loves herself a bit too much. By preistly writing 'quite out of key' this suggests that's she is not in the same mood as everyone else this juxtaposition of moods creates tension and therefore immediately Sheila is embarrassed. If the audiences were too pick up on this they might sense that the family aren't too close because of the way Mrs birling made her daughter feel so embarrassed & they would think that this family is rather deranged. Another way priestly creates tension by using exits and entrances Is when the inspector exits in his lat monologue I know this because priestly writes 'if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire blood and anguish' this speech that the inspector says is designed to teach people that 'we are all responsible for each other'. When the inspector says that people who don't learn will be taught in 'fire blood and anguish' shows that the inspector is exaggerating to make the family worry before he leaves because therefore priestly is leaving his audience with something to think about just like the inspector. By using the words 'fire blood & anguish' makes us think of hell which could make the audience think they where to go to hell if they were selfish and if they didn't respect each other. ...read more.

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Birling was saying be selfish but priestly disagrees with the attitudes he gives to birling. The inspector says 'care for one another' and preistly agrees with the ideas of the inspector. Another way the character of the inspector creates tension is when we find out the inspectors name 'Goole' which is like ghoul which could mean ghost, this suggests that the inspector was actually a ghost and was never there in the first place and that he was just there to make them think about what they have done, that it was a warning of what can happen if they continue treating society and people badly. This creates tension because the audience want to know was he real or not? In conclusion I think that the plays main message was that if we didn't care for the society and the people around us we could be the reason bad things happen. This therefore reflects on the time the play was written, because at this period of time there was a big gap between the rich and the poor and people were selfish; in this play it shows that between the birling family and Eva smith that they couldn't care less about her until she was dead. Another way it reflects priestly views was that at that time there were lots of factories where people got treated badly just like Eva smith did before she committed suicide. The Inspector calls is set entirely in one room I think priestly was successful in doing this by creating tension because this creates the feel of claustrophobia as if they are trapped, nowhere to go until the answer is revealed this obviously creates tension because its almost like a bribe ' If you answer my question, you can go.' And you're trapped unless you do. ...read more.

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