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How Does J.B.Priestley Use Exits and Entrances In 'An Inspector Calls'

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How Does J.B.Priestley Use Exits and Entrances In 'An Inspector Calls' J.B Priestley makes his play "An Inspector Calls" interesting by his use of entrances and exits, as they help to build up an atmosphere and massiveness around the inspector on stage. As the whole play is set in a single room the right timing is crucial. All of the exits and entrances can be categorised into three main sections, dramatic irony, to push the story along and to enhance the image of the inspector. The first three entrances and exits are made by the Birlings' servant, Edna. Edna is a symbol of all the Eva Smiths and John Smiths. The Birlings treat her badly and expect Edna to wait on them hand and foot. The way the Birlings treat Edna shows the Birlings attitude towards people whose class is lower than theirs. You can also see at the end of the play that the Billing's attitude towards Edna is still the same, showing that Mr and Mrs Birling have learnt nothing from Inspector Goole's visit, as they expect Edna to stay up through the night just to make them a cup of tea. The play starts off with Mr Birling talking to Gerald about his strong Capitalist views. ...read more.

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You'll see, you'll see." Inspector Goole then re-enters the scene, followed shortly afterwards by Mrs Birling. The Inspector merely asks "Well?", as he does know full well what Shelia has discovered. This shows his eerie omniscience. Mrs Birling now confesses that Daisy Renton came to her pregnant, with no money, as a last resort and she had done nothing to save her. Next Mrs Birling would pass her blame on and condemn her own son in the process. She also enters the room in time to hear Gerald's confession. Then Mr Birling re-enters to push the inspection along. The next exit is then made by the embarrassed Gerald, who leaves the house to push the narrative forward as he will later find out the Inspector is a fake and needs to tell the family later. Then Eric leaves the house. This sets up the climax in the play so that Mrs Birling can condemn Eric as having the sole responsibility for Daisy's death. Mr Birling automatically assumes it is Gerald who has left the house, however his is wrong. The Inspector who knows Eric better than his own father, corrects Mr Birling. This highlights the Inspector's massiveness and superiority over Mr Birling. In Eric's absence the Inspector tells the remaining family that Eva was in fact pregnant when she died and the father of her unborn child was a drunk who was stealing money for Eva to live on. ...read more.

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Mr Birling is relieved and thinks that his family is off the hook, it all being a "hoax". He rings up the infirmary to check if anyone had taken their own life. This is almost an exit to the outside world. He was delighted to hear that no suicide cases were admitted to the infirmary in the past weeks. Sheila and Eric are still shocked and stunned. Mr Birling, now unaffected by the Inspector's visit, patronises Sheila and Eric by saying that they are over tired and should go to bed. He says to Mrs Birling that they would be as amused as we are in the morning. I feel that this is because Mr Birling does not take his children's views into consideration as they are different from his. At this point Mr Birling gets a phone call from the Police saying that a girl named Eva Smith has died and that an Inspector would be on his way shortly to question the Birlings. This phone call was an entrance which heralded the second entrance of the Inspector. Priestly wrote the play for entertainment but mainly to try and promote socialism and the labour party and to obviously make people think more about their actions towards others. C:\Documents and Settings\CJones\My Documents\CATHERINE'S STUFF\FRANCES BARDSLEY STUFF\English\english yer 10 and 11\english corsework- year 10 and 11\how does Priestly use exits and entrences in an inspector calls.doc ...read more.

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