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Coursework - An Inspector Calls.

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Coursework - An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestly keeps the audience interested in a variety of ways and uses a lot of different strategies; he uses a number of things to build up tension and then brings it back down again. The first thing that builds up the tension is the doorbell ringing after the inspector has left. The person at the door could be the inspector back again but then the person walking in is Gerald coming back from his walk. After finding this out the audience would relax again, and the atmosphere is neither relaxed nor tense. Gerald seems to enter the room quite triumphantly and he is also being quite mysterious "Hm - hm! They all look inquiringly at Gerald" He then goes on to say "slowly that man wasn't a police officer." What is going through the audience's head is a mixture of emotions, they are confused about what is going on, and why was the inspector a fake? What was his purpose for mimicking an inspector? All of these questions that never get answered! ...read more.

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Then the curtain falls, this leaves the audience wondering what is going to happen. As they leave the theatre they are thinking about the possibilities, maybe they are a little annoyed because they want to know what happened. J.B. Priestley was a socialist. He believed that we were put on this earth to look after others and that it was our responsibility to look out for others around us. He wrote "An Inspector Calls" to share his views with others. In "An Inspector Calls", it is quite obvious what Priestley's aim was in writing this play, to show the audience through the characters' enrolment in Eva Smith's suicide and their individual responsibility towards other people. Arthur Birling is the kind of character who stands out from the rest, and the one that will be remembered. "A hard-headed business man" believing that society is as it should be and that nothing should or can change that. The rich stay rich, the poor stay poor. The play was set in 1912; it being set at this time was a perfect opportunity for predictions, but also for a more drastic look at the relationship between the rich and the poor. ...read more.

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The lessons of World War I weren't learnt so the same mistakes were made and another war started. Sixty years on and the same mistakes made have caused war after war. The message that Priestley was sending out to the audience then is just as relevant to the present day. Mr Birling is more concerned about his reputation and an upcoming public scandal rather than the wellbeing of Eva. "...who here will suffer...more than I will?" The aims of Priestley when he wrote this play, I believe, were to make everyone think; especially the audience the play was being performed to, to make us question our own personality and what we believed in. He wanted to show us that we can change, and we can decide which views we choose to take and what options we decide to make. I think that Priestley wanted to make a difference; not a world changing drastic difference, but a small difference in the way people think. It would have changed people's views on society, however small those changes would be, and so Priestley achieved his aims in writing the play. Natasha Kluzniak 10M ...read more.

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