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Explore how Priestly makes pages 40-42 dramatic in An Inspector Calls. How might the audience react?

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An Inspector Calls essay Explore how Priestly makes pages 40-42 dramatic in An Inspector Calls. How might the audience react? Introduction In our English lesson we have been studying the play script 'An Inspector Calls'. The play is about a family called the Birlings. They are enjoying a family celebration of Sheila's (daughter of Mr and Mrs. Birling) engagement with Gerald Croft. Into the happy scene intrudes a harsh figure of a police Inspector investigating the suicide of a young working-class woman. Under the pressure of his interrogation, every member of the family turns out to have a shameful secret which links them with her death. In the end the family realizes that the Inspector was a fake. They then get a phone call saying that a girl has just died in the infirmary and an Inspector is coming over to ask questions. This shows that the first Inspector was a ghost! Mrs. Birling Mrs. Birling is dramatic in many ways. However, reading this extract there's one thing that I found out, and that is that Mrs. Birling does not like to be answered back to. The quote shows proof: "I beg your pardon" In this quote Mrs. Birling is being snobby and acting like she's above everyone else. She's trying to say that no-one can speak to her in such a manner that they are being rude or shouting. The audience may feel disgusted towards this quote because they get the picture in their head that Mrs. Birling is nothing but a snobby person and all she wants is an easy life, but she's making it hard for herself. ...read more.


You'll apologize at once" In this quote Mr. Birling is sticking up for Mrs. Birling. He's trying to put the Inspector straight and tell him that he can just go around being rude to his family. I think this quote will make the audience think that Mr. Birling is nothing but a big headed person, and he won't tolerate people being rude to his family. The audience may start to feel angry that Mr. Birling is acting in this way. Mr. Birling then makes a comment that he's a public man. The Inspector then says that public men should have responsibilities as well as privileges. Mr. Birling then strikes back with a comment that puts the inspector back to where he was: "Possibly. But you weren't asked to come here to talk about my responsibilities" In this quote Mr. Birling is being cheeky to the Inspector and telling him what he should and shouldn't do. He tries to back fire at the Inspector and make the Inspector feel like his duty here is done, but this only the beginning! This is wrong in a way, because it should be the inspector telling them what they should be doing and how they are doing it. The audience may start to feel frustrated because Mr. Birling again thinks he's above everyone else and no one can talk to him rudely. Earlier in the play Mr. Birling was shocked to find out that it wasn't just him who the inspector came to see, it was the rest of the family too! ...read more.


So in this case they should respect all the hard work he has to do! The audience may start to feel glad that the Inspector has finally showed his roots to the family, so they now know why he's here and what he's doing! When Mrs. Birling tries to hide her profile about the organization she tries to make out that it has nothing to do with the Inspector. When she says that it has nothing to do with him and he shouldn't be putting his nose where it's not wanted, the Inspector gets provoked and makes his voice heard: "Do you want me to tell you - in plain words?" In this quote you can tell that the Inspector is raring with anger, due to the hold up in Mrs. Birling's answers. The fact that Mr. Birling has just entered and Mrs. Birling changes the subject also may make the Inspector even angrier, because now she is ignoring the argument all together! The audience may feel remorseful towards the Inspector because of Mrs. Birling's actions and comments towards the argument. Conclusion Overall, I think that every character in the play is dramatic in their own way. They have different ways of showing it and different ways of handling it. I think we can all agree that Mrs. Birling was the most dramatic in this extract! The audience may get the impression that the Inspector was only trying to do his job, and each family member made it even worse for him! They also may think that Mrs. Birling was the worst of them all because of all the silly comments she made and the fact that she just wouldn't admit to any of the questions that the Inspector asked! ...read more.

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