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HOW DOES J.B. PRIESTLY CREATE DRAMATIC TENSION IN "AN INSPECTOR CALLS"? In "An Inspector Calls," dramatic, tension is created in many ways. First of all is Conflict. There is conflict within the family initially. This is mainly in the generations; Mr Birling isn't particularly proud of his son Eric and so he isn't as kind to him as he is to other members of the family. Just keep quiet Eric. As you can see, he doesn't really respect him at all. This is what Mr. Birling says to Eric after Eric asks if it was because of Mr. Birling firing Eva that she committed suicide. Rubbish! If you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd soon be asking for the earth. This is Mr. Birling's response after Eric tells him that he wouldn't have fired Eva. Eric is implying here that Mr. Birling was over-reacting in throwing her out, and that he should have kept her working there. After this, Eric once again brings the topic up that Mr. Birling shouldn't have fired Eva. Eric says this: And I don't see why she should have been sacked just because she'd a bit more spirit than the others. This is how Mr. Birling replies to that comment: (Rather angrily) Unless you brighten your ideas, you'll never be in a position to let anyone stay or to tell anybody to go. It's about time you learnt to face a few responsibilities. ...read more.


Next is Mrs. Birling. She refuses Eva money because she is of a lower class and not worthy for money. ...a girl of that sort would never refuse money. What this is saying is that Mrs. Birling thinks of Eva as inferior to herself and quite stupid to turn money down. She thinks Eva is being facetious. The final class conflict is between Eric and Eva. Eva didn't want to marry Eric because he was a higher social class than she was. She says she didn't love him and that he didn't care, but she couldn't fight the social gap between them and consequently decided to not marry him. The second creation of tension is through Dramatic Irony. A lot of the dramatic irony is from Mr. Birling when he talks about World War 1 and the titanic: ...you'll hear some people say that war's inevitable. And to that I say - Fiddlesticks! The Germans don't want war. Nobody wants war... The Titanic...unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable. Here are two examples of dramatic irony. The audience know how wrong he is, but no one on stage does and this just makes him look stupid. Because of these examples of him being wrong, this might suggest that he was wrong about firing Eva. The next example of dramatic irony is in the chain of events: Mrs. Birling digs her own grave when she says about the father of Eva's baby being put to blame for her death. ...read more.


Another method of creating dramatic tension is through the chain of circumstances. Firstly, Mr. Birling fires Eva, and because he fires her, she has to get a new job. She does so at Milwards milliners. When she gets fired from there, she became a "women on the town" and hung around in the bar of the Palace Variety Theatre, where she met up with Gerald. Gerald had sex with her and dumped her and consequently, she went back to being a "women on the town" and this is when she met Eric. Eric gets her pregnant and then Eva leaves him, which is when she goes to see Mrs. Birling to get money to help with the baby. All of the sequences connect well and very neatly which helps to give the play more tension; because of what one person, the next thing can happen, and because of what they did, the next thing can happen and so on. This makes the play more exciting and helps it flow better, which shows it is professional and well written. In conclusion to the question, J. B. Priestly creates tension through Conflict, Dramatic Irony, Interrogation Techniques, Relief, Creation of Doubt, chain of consequences and Mystery, and Shock. These methods of creating tension are very effective and ultimately there is a lot of tension in the play. The play can get exciting in certain places due to the tension of what will happen next; what effect will one thing have on another? All in all, the play is Very well written and the dramatic tension is excellent. By Scott Humm ...read more.

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