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"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.

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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.

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