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How does J.B. Priestly use drama in the first act?

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How does J.B. Priestly use drama in the first act? J.B Priestley was well known for his ability to incorporate time in his plays. An Inspector Calls creates a real and believable sense of safety for the audience and collapses that, gradually as the inspector develops. Throughout his life Priestley was interested in the theories of Jung and Ouspensky; this would tell us that he believed a policeman in our dreams usually signifies our conscience. The inspector has an aura of mystery that allows him to have a sharp penetrating quality gained by his inner knowledge. As the play develops the audience begins to feel that it is a slight coincidence the whole family being caught up in one girl. Inspector Goole controls the play from the moment he tells the shocking news of Eva Smith's death, 'Two hours ago a young woman died in the Infirmary. She'd been taken there this afternoon because she had swallowed a lot of strong disinfectant'. ...read more.


Even when words like the Inspector's 'Public men, Mr. Birling have responsibilities as well as privileges', are thrown at him. At the end of the play when the hard hitting news from the Infirmary that a girl really has died shows on his face as vulnerability, shock, disbelief and confusion, then you may feel sorry for a man who is out of his depth. This part of the play is very well written because the main body of the play is a build up of tension and a slow revealing of the facts of Eva Smith's life and death. Finally, the Inspector and she are in agreement, and she fully understands everything that he has been trying to teach them. Her concordance with the Inspector is shown in her echoing of his words when she says to Gerald during her questioning of him about Eva/Daisy "We haven't much time". The Inspector is always aware of the lack of time and that everything is controlled by it. ...read more.


And also "These silly little war scares" It says in the stage directions that it is a "sharp ring" and which makes "Birling stop to listen" This shows it must be of some importance because it actually stops him talking, which creates tension. The Inspector's introduction, announced by Edna "Please sir, an inspector's called" is rather low key, but it creates tension by hiding a lot of facts and keeping the Inspector anonymous for the moment. The stage directions read "he creates at once an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness." Immediately there is a more solemn atmosphere because as he creates an impression of massiveness, you wonder what he has come here for, why he is here in this seemingly nice and comfortable family home. One page 1 it reads that there should be a change of lighting, from "pink and intimate" to "brighter and harder" This is important because of the way it shows how the presence of the Inspector causes unrest in the nice scene. However Priestly has made it almost out of character in the way that he gives a long speech, almost one of the longest in act one. ...read more.

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