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Explain the ways in which Priestly makes the final act dramatically effective

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Priestley's play 'An inspector calls' is set in 1912, right before the 1st World War. The Birling family is celebrating Sheila's engagement to Gerald Croft, until the unheard of Inspector Goole comes and tells them about Eva Smith and how she committed suicide. The hidden investigation which is taking place in the Birling house is being solved and unravelled. In order to delve into the dramatic effectiveness of act 3, one must consider the structure; stagecraft and language Priestly gives threw out the play. There is emotive language made by the Inspector before he leaves when he says "Fire, blood anguish". The word "fire" can lead to the meaning of threat, danger and destruction. It probably means that the Inspector is telling the family that something is coming there way which will destroy their way of living or thinking. Also the word "blood" may have the meaning of spilling, pain and death. This sentence is very effective as after the Inspector says "Good night" he leaves. Leaving the audience and the family thinking about everything and if anything is going to be coming there way (as he was right with everything else he said through out the play). ...read more.


The reason for this is because if Mrs Birling knew Eric had an affair and that it was her grandchild Eva Smith was carrying, she wouldn't have said the truth about blaming the father. When Mrs Birling finds out about Eric, she realises that she had been contradicting herself the whole time. This causes dramatic irony as in the end she condemned her own son. Every ones views changes about Eric after this because over all they've found out that he's a drunk, he stole company money (�50) from his fathers and he got Eva Smith pregnant. The whole story of Eva coming to Mrs Birling's charity leads to breaking the bond Eric and Mrs Birling have, as everything she did to Eva is cruel and prejudice. When Mrs Birling sends Eva away, this causes her to commit suicide (as she gives up after everything she's been through), and therefore killing the baby to. We know that the bond between Eric and Mrs Birling is broken for sure when Eric says "you killed them both- damn you, damn you". In the play the Inspector walks in just after Mr Birling says "a man has to mind his own business and look after himself ...read more.


The second call they receive shows the audience clearly that the Inspector was a ghost or a simple person to make them think about there actions, or to tell them in advance what was coming their way. We know this as after Birling is on the phone he says "A police inspector is on his way here- to ask some questions" This makes the audience and the characters think about everything and everyone all over again, as the death of the girl in the end actually happened. This play had much more affect in the time it was written (1940's), as it still had very strong prejudice people. There is more affect, as it is proving the first class wrong (which would be the type of people going to see plays in those days as it was very expensive). In our time the audience would maybe have a few lower classes to upper class, so you would get a wider view on the play. After considering the variety of ways in which he makes the play dramatic, it may be seen that Priestly uses his to emphasise his message mostly through the Inspector and the way he has set the play overall. ?? ?? ?? ?? Marie-Louise Barrett Final Draft ...read more.

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