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How does J.B Priestly use the inspector to create a sense of mystery and drama?

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How does J.B Priestly use the inspector to create a sense of mystery and drama? An Inspector Calls was written by John Boynton Priestly in 1944. He had based it on the lifestyle in 1912 from his own experience. The main cause for him writing the play was to alert individuals to be responsible for their actions. Priestly was a socialist so he wanted to show awareness of how society treated each other. To do this Priestly used the Birlings as a representation of society. During the 1912s there was a clear division between the classes. The rich always took advantage of those in lower class; sometimes they made the needy work for a mere twenty-two shillings. The government was divided into socialist and capitalist. War was as the doorstep of Britain; which means money was scarce. The government did not have enough money to assist the poor so only the rich could afford a life of luxury such as the Birlings. At this period of time women were dependent on the fathers and husbands. The role of a lady was to sit at home and raise her family, if she was lucky to live a life of class. ...read more.

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Drama continues to unfold when Mrs. Birling finds out that her adored son Eric who could never set a foot wrong was responsible for the young lady's pregnancy. Mrs. Birling felt in no way that she done anything wrong to Eva Smith or Daisy Renton as she had no right calling herself Mrs. Birling. She put all the blame on the death of the young lady and the unborn child on the young man who fathered this child. When mother and son find out what role each other had played in Eva Smiths death they are shocked at each over. Eric was totally devastated while Mrs. Birling was not really concerned she was more interested in how her son could stoop to such a level and bring disgrace to the family name. The inspector created a sense of drama by causing an argument between mother and son, which was something out of the ordinary. The biggest mysterious that unfolds was when Gerald tells the Birlings the inspector was a fake. "That man wasn't a police officer ... I'm almost certain". This relieved Mr. And Mrs. Birlings of their grief, they now felt safe. Then a new question arrived in the Birlings mind 'Who was the inspector?', 'was everything the inspector said about Eva smith true'; these doubts were still unclear. ...read more.

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This call washes away the smile from Mr. and Mrs. Birlings faces. They now realise for them to understand the concept of community a poor innocent lady's life had to be lost. Priestly has ended this play the same way he had started it "an inspector is on his way". At this point in time the thought of who the inspector was comes in mind. As how could one now what someone else's future beholds. Many people think he was the guilty conscience of the Birlings, who wanted to show society the way people are treated and what little sympathy those in a higher class have. I think inspector Goole was a relative of Eva smith who saw what she went through and wanted to seek revenge by putting the Birlings through something that they will never forget. J.B. Priestly has used the inspector to create a sense of mystery and drama within the play in all of these scenes. The inspector also plays on the audiences mind, he has given off the message that one should never take advantage of someone else and always look out for your neighbours. His words have created a great impact upon me and I hope there are no more Eva Smiths and John Smiths in our world today. ?? ?? ?? ?? Neelam Hirani Page 1 ...read more.

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