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Examine the dramatic impact of the Inspector final speech and explain how Priestly uses his entrance to convey the central message of his play.

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Examine the dramatic impact of the Inspector final speech and explain how Priestly uses his entrance to convey the central message of his play. An Inspector Calls is a play inspecting the death of Eva Smith who from a terrible life ended it by swallowing a strong disinfected that burnt her insides out, as the Inspector stated she felt like she couldn't go on much longer. The play was set in 1912, two years before the war began. During the play Birling says that the war won't begin and that the titanic is indestructible. The importance of the play being set in 1912 is to warn the people of 1949, to show how far we have gone 33 years later. Priestly was clever in the way he wrote A Inspector Calls to warn people not to make the same mistakes that was once made and not to go back to how society was, where men had power over women and people were unfairly judged by what social class they were/are in. Before the Inspector enters the room - all four of the Birling's and Gerald Croft were in the dinning room. Arthur Birling at one end and his wife Sybil Birling at the other, Sheila and Gerald seated upstage at and Eric is downstage. Edna the parlour maid is just clearing the table of dessert plates and champagne glasses, and she then replaces them with decanter port, cigar box and cigarettes. ...read more.


The lightening in the room changed so that it's harder and brighter, making the Inspectors arrival more dramatic and immediate. When Edna comes in to tell Birling that they is an Inspector here, he just shrugs it off with jokes making Eric seem very edgy even though he tries to reassure Eric, "Only something we were talking about when you were out if the room, a joke really."Birling says this in a light tone so Eric knows not to worry, but he's still rather uneasy even when the Inspector isn't here and if he's like this now, imagine how he will be when he is in the room. The final speech is very dramatic in the way it's delivered with its strong language and structure. It shows that the Inspector is in charge "(taking charge, masterfully) Stop!" the Inspector buts in gracefully taking control again of the situation so that he deliver his final speech. It's clear the Inspector has left a lot to think about. Priestly's final speech is to grasp the audience attention by making it as dramatic as possible. His speech almost got Eric at breaking point. "Then - You Killed her ... and my child she'd have had too - my child ... you killed them both - damn you." As Eric talked he stumbled his words for effect the he is upset and angry at his mother for denying her of help. ...read more.


Through the Inspector, Priestly wants the society of 1946 to see these lessons and too remember them so they can adapt them into their own lives, this way people may be able to live a better life and get treated with dignity and respect. I feel that this message is still relevant today, without it men may still have power over women. As cleared up by Gerald asking around about an Inspector Goole seeing what could possibly find out about him, but what he found was that no one has ever heard of him. The name Goole may suggest of a pun as it sounds like 'ghoul' some kind of ghost may be a ghost of Eva, which would explain how he knows so much of her and everything that was said and happen. The inspectors final speech wasn't anything to do with crime which you would expect but more to do with their social responsibility and how they have ignored it. Goole gets very personal and emotional in the final speech "We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other." This says that we all have to look after each other because if harm one person then you are bound to be hurt back in some way. Through the Inspector and Eva Smith, Priestly has been able to make sure that the Birling's and Gerald see the full horror of what they have done. By Lucretia Richmond. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lucretia Richmond 10E English ...read more.

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