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How does J.B.Priestley create dramatic tension In this scene?

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How does J.B.Priestley create dramatic tension In this scene? Act 3 Pg 50-57. J.B.Priestley creates strong tension in his play, 'An Inspector Calls'. Each character has played a part in the death of a young woman Eva Smith. At the beginning of the play all the family are cheerfully celebrating the engagement of Sheila and Gerald. When the Inspector joins the play the atmosphere changes. He sets each family member against the other. Now it's Eric's turn. At this particular point in the play Preistley creates dramatic tension and high drama in Act 3 Pg 50-57 J.B. he has already built up some tension but the real climax of the play is in this scene. ...read more.


and (savagely). These words convey the tension in the scene to both actor and audience. J.B.Priestley uses other techniques as well. Exclamation marks are used too, but not as frequently and not as many times as his other techniques. Exclamation marks also emphasises the line. The speech becomes all the more dramatic, "Oh-my God! How stupid it all is!" J.B.Priestley writes lots of dashes in to the speeches in this scene. They represent a pause the actor takes; "Eric (miserably): I got it - from the office-" this creates anticipation and gets the audience to try to predict what the actor will say next. ...read more.


Mr Birling is the head of his house and head of his business he isn't used to having his authority questioned. Again, this uncertainly adds to the tension. J.B.Priestley also uses stage directions to create dramatic tension. The directions in Act One the characters as all charming and pleased with themselves. 'They now have all the glasses filled. Birling beams at them and clearly relaxed.' However in Act 3 it is entirely different "He walks straight out, leaving them staring, subdued and wondering. Sheila is still quietly crying Mrs Birling, has collapsed into a chair. Eric is brooding desperately. Birling the only one active one, hears the front door slam, moves hesitatingly towards the door, stops, looks gloomily at the other three, then pours himself out a drink, which he hastily swallows." That's how J.B.Priestley created dramatic tension in this scene. ...read more.

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