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Explore the dramatic techniques used by J.B. Priestley in act 3 of "an inspector calls" to convey his concerns and ideas to the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play. What does this reveal about the Birling family and their society.

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Explore the dramatic techniques used by J.B. Priestley in act 3 of "an inspector calls" to convey his concerns and ideas to the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play. What does this reveal about the Birling family and their society. The play was written in 1912, which was also a year of high moral in Britain. The British people had a general feeling of optimism, they thought that technology would never stop advancing and that war would never occur. There was a huge difference in social classes and women were seen as inferior to men. By 1945 when the play was first performed the moral was much lower. There had just been two World Wars that had affected Britain quite severely. British citizens' lifestyles had completely changed: Class distinctions had been greatly reduced and women had earned a more valued place in society. In this play the Inspector is there to show the Birlings that treating other people badly, no matter what class, was not the correct way to live. He thinks that the class system in Britain is wrong and that everybody should be treated equally by everyone else. This play is set out so that the Birling family represent the audience; it relates to things that we, the readers, have done ourselves. ...read more.

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When he met her two weeks later they slept together again and soon afterwards she discovered that she was pregnant. She did not want to marry Eric because she knew he didn't love her, but she did accept gifts of money from him until she realized it was stolen. Eric admits that he had taken about �50 from Mr. Birling's office. Eric uses many euphemisms in his part in the tragedy to try and shift the blame and get a little bit of sympathy from his family: who, all but Sheila, seem to be against him. "...well, I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty-and I threatened to make a row." Here, what he is actually saying is that he was drunk and that he forced Eva to let him in. When Eva thought that the money that Eric was giving her was stolen she refused to accept it even though she was badly in need of it, this shows the high morals she held. Mrs. Birling on the other hand did not have any morals when turning Eva away from her charity "unlike the other three, I did nothing I'm ashamed of or that won't bear investigation. The girl asked for assistance. We were asked to look carefully into the claims made upon us. ...read more.

Conclusion

When it is confirmed that the Inspector was a fake it puts the family at ease. The second call shocks the audience and the family, all of whom are wondering what the conversation could be about. When we are told that another Inspector is on his way to ask about a girl who died in exactly the same way as Eva had it makes the audience and family ask themselves some questions: will it be the same outcome as last time? Will it be the same girl as last time? The entire structure of the play is circular; the Inspector arriving and leaving in the same fashion and the new Inspector coming over to ask questions about a girls suicide. With this twist it makes the audience think about if they want to sympathise with the Birling family or to be glad that they may not get away with murder. In my personal view I am glad that they are not getting away with it. It also brings about the question "will the inspectors questioning proceed and end in the same way as previously?" JB Priestley's message is that there should be no 'classes' and that we should treat each other with the same amount of respect. This message is still relevant because the same things are still happening, we still treat others differently, maybe we look down on some people, and our actions may start a chain of events which will end up in a tragedy for someone. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Hodgkiss ...read more.

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