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How does JB Priestley create tension for the audience in 'An Inspector Calls'?

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How does JB Priestley create tension for the audience in 'An Inspector Calls'? An Inspector Calls J.B. Priestly 'An Inspector Calls' written by J.B. Priestly, 1945, but was set in 1912. In 1912 JB priestly was only 18 years of age. As he had lived through both wars he could see what had actually happened in the time the play was set. In the play, he uses the characters to express his views about socialism and possibly about class divisions. The play would have been extremely poignant for audiences around 1945 as they would have just experienced this miserable and disastrous war. You may think this play would have had more of an influence on the audiences of 1945 than the audiences of 2002, but war still exists today. For example the September 11th tragedy in New York, where two aeroplanes were purposely flown into the twin tower buildings and thousands of people were killed. This was an act of terrorism and it shows how even though the play has a strong, clear message and is still performed to audiences today we have still not learnt the lesson, people should learn to get along and look out for one another. ...read more.


idea that they are being questioned on the suspicion of murder and concludes the whole family being cleverly interviewed by inspector Goole. We also get this feeling later on when Mr Birling talks about the war and how it's a load of nonsense, "Nonsense nobody wants war". The tension begins to rise when you realise that Gerald's parents are not present at dinner, which is strange seeing as it is his engagement party. The thing that we never find out during this story is why they are not present. He added dramatic irony into the play. He also used it to make a fool out of Mr. Birling with, perhaps just from stereotypical aspect, but maybe J.B. Priestley knows a person quite like Mr. Birling? He uses dramatic irony with great effect and even manages to make slight humour out of a tragedy. Mr. Birling spoke "Nobody wants war" - "Everything to lose and nothing to gain by war"; when the audience knows a while later two world wars were to occur. Arthur Birling also quotes the Titanic, saying that it's unsinkable. ...read more.


By only using one room Priestley does not confuse his audience with different sets and this allows the audience to concentrate more on the characters and the message of the play. Personally I think that the whole family is responsible for the death of Eva Smith because the whole family has had the own part to play because even "innocent" mars Birling has her part in Eva's death. But if anyone did have to be specifically had to be blamed then I would say either Eric of Gerald because they roles basically made her feel really low and like "scum". I think that the family have learned that even if they are a high class family everyone deserves a bit a respect and not to treat lower class as "cheap" and "rubbish" and that they are human beings as well. If the audience have learnt anything it would be that people aren't always what they seem because of what the Birling family did to Eva. I think that it was a very good play with a good plot and the characters are fantastic, however I think that JB priestly did write An inspector calls from "Dangerous Corner". BEN WARNER 11B ...read more.

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