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How does j.b priestly capture and retain the audience's interest throughout the play.

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How does j.b priestly capture and retain the audience's interest throughout the play. Introduction The wonderfully constructed play of "An Inspector Calls" is a play by the late J.b Priestly, which was written when the Second World War was coming to a close but was published two years later in 1947 straight after the Second World War. The actual play was set in 1912 just before the Great War (world war one) a war, which stole the lives of a whole generation of men. The play dealt with many issues such as moralities and responsibilities for each human. One of the messages it delivered was we are all responsible for one and other and if as people we don't take responsibility for our actions then it will be an outbreak into another world (referring to the previous world wars). J.b Priestly captures our interest at the start of the play by giving us various hints that things aren't as cozy as they seem. We first learn things aren't right at the Burling household when Mr Burling shows his naivety when he is handing out advice to Gerald; he seems somewhat of a visionary as he says only good can happen and the world can only progress he feels that the inevitable war won't happen and the titanic wont sink. ...read more.


This makes the audience wonder whether Sheila's theories about the inspector knowing everything were true and if how was this possible, this keeps the audience curious. The cliffhanger at the end of Act two happens when Mrs. Burling insists that whoever got Eva smith pregnant should suffer the consequences and get severely get punished, but just as Eric is about to enter the room the inspector breaks the news to her that her son Eric is the father, but Mrs. Burling refuses to believe as shown in the words. "I don't believe it - I won't believe it All of this then makes us wonder whether the inspector is telling the truth and if so will he punish the father of Eva's child (Eric) which Mrs. Burling insisted he should do, all of this is very nail biting for the audience. And lastly the cliffhanger at the end of Act three was who is the inspector? And how did he know the girl was going to die before she actually died? All of this keeps the audience wanting to read more. Another thing that keeps the audience interested in the play is the character of inspector goole. Inspector goole gives the impression of being a very commanding and authoritative person in his speech and in his personal presence he: "creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness". ...read more.


As well as mystery there is also an example of tragedy taking place in which Eva Smith commits suicide after deciding she cannot withstand the burden of life any longer. Evidence that shows Eva Smith dies is given in the words "A girl has just died on her way to the infirmary". The suicides of Eva captures the heart of the audience who feel she has been treated unfairly and are curious to see if justice will be done. Lastly this is also a morality play as each character in the play represents something, Mr Burling represent greed and his wife Mrs. Burling represents Selfishness, and out of the younger generation Gerald and Eric both represent lust whilst Sheila represents Jealousy. There are many ways in the play 'An Inspector Calls' keeps and retains our interest the play. One of the ways it keeps our interest and retains it throughout the play is the unsolved mystery of who the inspector might and how possessed so much knowledge about the Burling's and Gerald. The play also captures attention from the audience as it delivers a strong message that being greedy and only thinking about yourself leads to severe consequences. The main way in which 'an Inspector Calls' captures and retains our interest is by giving many hints that things are not as they seem and then revealing the truth behind them. An example of this is the way in which we learn about each member of the Burling family and Gerald's involvement with the death of Eva Smith. ...read more.

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