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How does J B Priestley create tension for an audience of an inspector calls as the characters each reveal their involvement with Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton?

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How does J B Priestley create tension for an audience of an inspector calls as the characters each reveal their involvement with Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton? In this essay I will be explaining how J B Priestley creates tension for the audience of an inspector calls as each character gradually reveal their involvement with Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. The characters are forced to confess by the way that the inspector appears to know everything already for example when the inspector says "I think you remember Eva smith now don't you, Mr Birling" (act 1) he seems to have superior knowledge to the characters and this makes the characters feel that he knows everything already so they confess, an example of the inspector having superior knowledge is "the end of September nineteen-ten" (act 1) this shows that the inspector already knows the answers to his own questions so there is no point in the other characters attempting to lie to him. The way that the inspector talks to the characters one at a time without letting anyone interrupt and catch him out makes it easy for him to catch them out also the way that he shows the ...read more.


The secrets that the family have kept from one another, over the period of time that the play is set, plays a big part in creating drama and tension. For example, when it is discovered that Mr Birling had sacked Eva Smith from her job, the rest of the family think that she was unfairly sacked by Mr birling, this is shown when Eric says "why shouldn't they try for higher wages......why she should have been sacked......you said yourself she was a good worker" (act1) but if the rest of the family had known about it, or heard about it in some way from Mr Birling first other than hearing it when the inspector got it out of him in a confession then it would have been more likely that the rest of his family wouldn't have thought so badly of him for sacking her. This creates tension by for the audience because it is another piece of information that they have to wait for to be revealed, this only creates tension for the audience after the inspector has given the impression that he thinks everybody knows something about Eva Smiths death. ...read more.


knows Gerald had something to do with daisy Renton but he has yet to find out, which he does in the next act. The cliff-hangers keep the audience in suspense because they are at the end of an act and create the feeling that there is something more to find out in the next act. The cliff-hangers relate to the twist at the end of the play because it leaves the audience thinking about the whole play and trying to make sense of it, Inspector Goole's name alone suggests that something may be going on that is if the audience knew that Goole is a seaport town this may suggest that something "fishy" is going on or that he will be fishing for the facts of Eva's death. Also Goole sounds like ghoul which is a spirit which is said to take fresh life from corpses and he is only there because Eva has died. The twist at the end adds suspense and more drama and tension to the end of the play by making the audience want to know what happens to the characters after the play has finished. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Southam 10W2 ...read more.

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