• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"An Inspector Calls" - Write in detail about how the author creates mystery and suspense and keeps the audience intrigued and interested to the end of the book.

Extracts from this document...


GCSE Coursework English 20th Century Drama "An Inspector Calls" Write in detail about how the author creates mystery and suspense and keeps the audience intrigued and interested to the end of the book. In this piece of coursework I will be writing about J.B Priestley's "An Inspector Calls". We have been asked to write in detail; about how J.B Priestley creates mystery, suspense and keeps the audience hooked on it all the way to the end of the play. It is full of changes, twists and upsets that interest and intrigues the reader. "An Inspector calls" is an unusual play which influctucates tension and has the audience surprised up to the end. In the book there are lots of twists and most of the time there is lots of tension and suspense centred around the characters. One of the factors that makes the play captivating is the use of climax, the way it holds the audience all the way through, building up slowly, gathering the plot as it goes on and then finally ends in a stunning climax, for example the way the Inspector extracts small threads of information from the members of the family and slowly puts the picture together and narrows it down to the main culprit as the climax. The first wave of tension hits the audience when the Birling's and Gerald and celebrating the engagement between Gerald and Sheila Edna the maid say's "Please Sir, an Inspector Called". ...read more.


When he speaks up to the Inspector, the Inspector replies saying "it's your fault for turning her out". This creates a lot of tension between all the characters on stage and the audience. It begins to make the characters seem a lot less secure and strong as they did at the beginning of the play. At this point in the play, it has changed a lot since the beginning where they are all celebrating. There is a massive amount of suspicion for all characters. Therefore the characters are very tense in the manner that they act. Apart from Shelia who seems to have taken it very emotionally and wants them all to come clean, and get to the bottom of it. She starts to realise that the Inspector has a lot of information on what happened and is using it to get the full story out of every one. He does this by mentioning little things, therefore the characters come clean and the story starts to grow. This build a lot of tensions because it's hard to tell what will happen next, and what the other characters have to do with Eva Smith. Gerald now asks "I'd be glad if you would let me go", the Inspector agrees for him to go for a walk. This gives off a lot of tension, also from why the Inspector would let him go and also if Gerald was holding back more and needed to go before it was pulled out of him. ...read more.


Then Mr. Birling says "Now look at the pair of them - the famous young generation who know it all. And they can't even take a joke", this also shows how Mr. Birling has been so arrogant to forget anything that happened previously. Straight after his last words the telephone rings, as if it was waiting for him to finish. He answers it. Next the audience find out something that twists the whole, play around and leaves them with lots of questions and wonders about certain parts of the play. "That was the police. A Girl has just died - on her way to the Infirmary - after swallowing some disinfectant. And a police Inspector is on his way here - to ask some - questions", all the tension that's has been building and dropping of different characters and situations in the play has been leading the audience up to this, when they hear this the [play has put them in such a mood which really shocks them and makes them think hard. The techniques J.B Priestley's uses in "An Inspector Calls" create an unusual and atmospheric play. It leaves the audience wondering who the Inspector really was, and if they whole thing was a test to try and teach them a lesson. I think if they had realise what they had done after he left the phone would have not rang, also at the end of the play the truly realise the errors of there ways and you would expect them all to come clean straight away. By William Oliver ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. How does Priestley create suspense and tension at the end of Act 2 of ...

    Mrs Birling to finally come out with an answer to his question. She said "the father was only a youngster - silly and wild and drinking too much." We had already learned earlier in the play that Eric was a heavy drinker and was very familiar with alcohol despite his young age.

  2. Directors notes and stage instructions for An Inspector Calls

    and not explaining to them that he intends to interview each of them separately, i.e. Gerald and Eric who are excluded from seeing the photograph, and suggesting that there might be reasons why they should not see the photograph and stopping Eric from going to bed as Inspector: 'It might be less trouble.

  1. An Inspector Calls.

    This state of mind means that he appears to finally come out on the side of Birling and he does whatever he can to be supportive towards them. Privately one feels that Gerald feels the same as Eric and Sheila, but he cannot afford to agree with them if he

  2. english coursework - an inspector calls - eric.doc

    When Eric says this, we immediately think that he is trying to get out of the situation by saying that he wants to go because of his headache, and that he is only in the way. He also slips in the fact that they were having a party, and that they were drinking champagne, which is often associated with celebrations.

  1. How does Priestly create suspense and tension at the end of act 2 of ...

    Priestly wanted to continue the audiences schadenfreude towards her. Sheila is a popular character who is intellectual, therefore she was the first out of the Birlings to comprehend that Eric is the father. Following Sheila's attempt to stop her mother, Mrs.

  2. How Does Priestley Create Suspense And Tension At The End Of Act 2 Of ...

    This also leads on to the next emotion that the audience are meant to be feeling. This is the feeling of joy in the audience when the Birling family realise that Eric is the father, after Mrs Birling had just condemned the man who was drunk and tried to give Eva stolen money.

  1. Write a letter from Priestley to a colleague explaining his reasons for, and his ...

    For example, during the first act, Arthur makes a speech about prosperity and the "developing" world. During this speech, the actor playing his part should use a rather loud, confident tone of voice to show how much he thinks of himself.

  2. An Inspector Calls coursework

    Birling told Gerald with great confidence that he was expecting to receive a knighthood, he is trying very hard to impress Gerald and his family because he doesn't't want Lady Croft to feel that her son could have married someone with a better position in society.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work