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An Inspector Calls - The Independent did a review of the play and called it "...still as fresh and thrilling..." and the play is. - J B Priestly's

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An Inspector Calls The Independent did a review of the play and called it "...still as fresh and thrilling..." and the play is. J B Priestly's "An Inspector Calls" is an important play as it highlights topics that are just as important now as then, in 1945. It's reason for being written is still unfulfilled and problems are still unsolved. The characters are just as alive now as then and the plays theme of blame and responsibility is still important. The events of the 11th September are vivid reminders of our world responsibility and of what happens if you ignore "Eva Smith." Its carefully constructed structure and text keep the audience in constant suspense and always in the dark as to what is going to happen next. The passage of ignorance to sudden knowledge then an instant later being faced by an unbreakable wall of mysteries keep the audiences' attention unwavering. The inspector goes through each person's involvement in Eva Smiths Death and by doing each one in turn he magnifies the tension felt by all in the theatre. By doing this he concentrates his attention on each person in turn and prolongs the tension. J B Priestly was a very political writer who had an effect on the way people thought then. His political views were influenced by what happened to him and the world during his life. He fought in World War One and suffered and survived a gas and saw the horrors of war he became a pacifist after all he saw. ...read more.


An obligatory scene in "An Inspector calls" is at the end of Act 1 when Gerald is made to talk about his affair by Sheila. The scene begins with Eric leading the Inspector out of the room so that Sheila and Gerald are left alone in the drawing room. Shelia already has a extremely strong suspision because as she says "you gave your self away as soon as you heard her other name." She talks about "last spring and summer when you hardly came near me." All of Sheila's almost prophetic speaking and with her hysterical laughter and he outburst of "why - you fool - he knows" has increased the audiences tension and suspense so when the Inspector enters the stage the crowds are really on the edge of their seats and then there is the Climatic Curtain. A climatic curtain is when a scene of intense tension or suspense is finished with the curtain dropping. This is used to prolong and intensify the crowd's suspense. The climatic curtain at the end of Act 1 is used just after Gerald's revelation about his affair with Daisy Renton. The audience want to know all about Gerald's affair with Daisy Renton and how Sheila is going to react once she has calmed down. And the last line of the previous Act was the Inspector saying "well" and this line carried a lot of weight because of all that had happened before so that with this one line the Inspector amplified all that had gone before it. ...read more.


And Mrs Birling learn. So it sends out a message to the young people in the audience that you are our hope. This Play manages to hold onto the audience's attention and fascination with an iron grip, which is matched only by the plays morality. The Play forces the audience to deal with some large ethical problems, it forces them to realize that we all have to deal with the worlds problems and that we cannot merely pass the buck onto some body else. We all have to deal with everybody's problems. The audience will build up some feeling towards some of the characters in the play and they will feel as though some of them deserve to go through it again, although they will most likely feel as though at least Sheila and Eric, perhaps even Gerald, don't deserve to go through it again. J B Priestly did not write this play to entertain people, even though 50 years on it still does, he wrote it to teach people a message, and it does, he wrote it to tell them about responsibilities and about making the world a better place. In 1946 these messages where new, the Labour party had won an election and everybody was looking forward and thinking 'we can make a difference,' this play teaches that they can only make a difference if you take responsibility. There is a large theme of responsibility running through the play and of doing the right thing. Matthew Edwards 10D2 Mrs Byrne ...read more.

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