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Describe and Analyse Two Dramatic Moments in 'An Inspector Calls'

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Describe and Analyse Two Dramatic Moments in 'An Inspector Calls' 'An inspector calls' was written by J.B.Priestley between 1944-1945 but set in 1912. The play all takes place in the living room of a house, and although it seems that this would restrict the play, it doesn't. In fact it is very dramatic play with tension, irony and very dramatic scenes. The historical setting of the play is shown both by how things are perceived differently and the irony about how the future is talked about. References are made as to how things 'won't happen', Titanic-'unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable', but they have and we, the audience, find this very ironic. Priestley also makes this play effective with the tense moments he creates with the skilful climaxes used throughout the play, which heightens the audience's suspense and creates the tension. The way Priestley writes gives the desire to find out who ultimately, was responsible for what happened. It is a very dramatic play, powerful almost, and so I will describe and analyse what I think are the two dramatic moments in the play. These are Mrs Birling's interrogation and the end. Mrs Birling's interrogation starts briefly when she comes into the room saying to the Inspector: ' I don't think I can help you much'. Sheila then tries to warn her mother to stop 'No, mother -please!'. Mrs Birling tries to ignore Sheila but Sheila is persistent, 'Mother, don't-please don't. For your own sake , as well as ours, you musn't -'. ...read more.


It is ironic that Mrs B, being a snob, said 'a girl of that class' should not have 'airs' because Eva did not want to take the money and yet we realise that Eva was more moral that anyone else. Mrs Birling turned the woman away with no help. Mrs Birling shows us that she is an arrogant, self-caring, egotistical, selfish person as one does still not see how any of this was her fault, it was the father's, 'I did nothing I'm ashamed of or that won't bear investigation.' The Inspector, 'I think you did something terribly wrong-and that you're going to regret it.' We know what she has done. We think the climax has gone but...Mrs Birling reveals to us again that 'It's his responsibility.' 'If he refused to marry her-and in my opinion he ought to be compelled to- then he must at least support her. Again and again she goes into more detail about how it being the fathers fault 'He should be made an example of. If the girl's death is due to anybody then it's due to him.' The Inspector makes Mrs Birling expand on what should be done to the boy and Mrs Birling not realising what has happened by linking together the parts carries on, the Inspector asks, 'So he's the chief culprit anyhow?' and Mrs Birling replies, 'Certainly. And he ought to be dealt with very severely-.' ...read more.


on the younger generation, who are clearly more sensible, caring and altogether better, and says 'Now look at the pair of them-the famous younger generation who know it all. And can't even take a joke'. This is in response to Sheila saying no to Gerald, it is very ironic. It is now that it happens, the most dramatic part of the play. The Phone rings. It rings sharply, immediately we think the worst, is it? Has a girl been found in the same situation as Eva Smith? The actions of the characters, their moment of complete silence is very tense. Mr B. answers the phone; he talks slowly dragging the moment on. His actions are slow intensifying; he slowly puts down the phone. He looks in a panic stricken fashion at the others. The audience knows what is about to come but are still waiting for it to be confirmed. Mr Birling confirms our thoughts; a police inspector is on his way as a girl has just died after swallowing some disinfectant. This ending is very, very powerful. It changes the nature of the play as it becomes a mystery-who was the inspector? It becomes cyclical and therefore spiritual-how many more times will it happen? Will it start again when the inspector arrives? 'An Inspector Calls' with its dramatic moments is a very powerful play. It has skilful climaxes and wonderful twists to the plot. It is a very enjoyable play that always keeps you on edge. SALLY DWIAR 10A1 10R ...read more.

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