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Choose and Analyse Two or Three Occasions In An Inspector Calls when the Inspectors Presence on Stage has an Effect on the Characters and the Audience

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Choose and Analyse Two or Three Occasions In An Inspector Calls when the Inspectors Presence on Stage has an Effect on the Characters and the Audience When interaction happens between two or more people just classed as "human beings," the effects are predictable and determined only by the topic of speech, body language and maybe physical stature or strength of the people involved. However, like every good play, book, film or any piece of story telling literature An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestly is set at a certain time in a certain place with a certain stereotypical characters. Although these factors complicate the analysing of effects, they do help enormously in understanding the reason behind them. This is why it is necessary to first explore the background and nature of the story and the characters, before I choose and dissect the specific scenes. The play was written in the 1945 but is set in 1912. The 1910's was a time of industrial unrest in Britain, the money was primarily owned by the middle and upper classes and the aristocracy. Factory owners were exceedingly wealthy due to the huge demand for raw materials, and the factory workers however were exceedingly poor; due to exploitation through long working hours and low wages. ...read more.


However, he is not surprised by his treatment like Gerald and Mr Birling are because I think that he may be used to being treated like a child by his parents. I can reckon this because Mr and Mrs Birling were so shocked after hearing the revelations that Eric was drinking heavily and having sex that it seemed like they didn't notice him growing up under their noses. The effect the Inspector has on the audience in his opening scene is primarily a suspicious one. This is because although they have been made to believe that family are rich and humorously naive they have not yet been lead to think that there are wrong doers or evil people. So, this makes the audience feel irritated by this new character who has interrupted a seemingly nice happy family occasion. However, as the scene unfolds the audience gains a powerful impression of the inspector as he arouses suspicion about the characters. He does this by drawing in information from the outside world to make the obviously rich and materialistic people (the dining room is described as being "heavily comfortable") ...read more.


This is excellent story telling by Priestly as it will affect the audience greatly. This is because the audience will be expecting the quintessential moralistic ending of a character development story, yet just before they come to that conclusion he gives a final twist on the story and on the Inspector. The new spiritual presence of the Inspector will affect the audience as I believe they will take the story line more seriously as an original tale with a powerful message that (as Priestley is trying to convey) could have been sent by a higher being like God. The supernatural presence of the inspector has an immediate impact on the characters. It occurs to Sheila first and the lesson which she has learnt seems to be more confirmed by the knowledge that the Inspector maybe a spiritual sign. Mr and Mrs Birling however seem to gain a reassured affect from the queerness of his presence and disappearance. They think it is a relief to think that they will not be penalised in the press or thought worse of by their neighbours. For this foolhardy presumption they are punished later when the police do actually call wanting to question them inquiring about Eva's suicide. Nicola Johnson 10.1 ...read more.

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