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How Does Priestley Create Suspense And Tension At The End Of Act 2 Of "An Inspector Calls".

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How Does Priestley Create Suspense And Tension At The End Of Act 2 Of "An Inspector Calls" In this essay I will be talking about the different ways that Priestley pulled off the effect of creating suspense and tension to the reader in the last few pages of act 2 in "an inspector calls". I will start off with talking a bit about the plot so far in act 2. In this act the inspector unearths more secrets about the link between other members of the Birling family and Eva Smith. So far Mr Birling, Sheila Birling and Gerald have admitted knowing Eva Smith. We know that Mr Birling sacked her after she was one of the main perpetrators of a strike at his factory. We also found out that Sheila admitted to forcing Eva's boss in to sacking her while she was working at Milwards and Gerald admitted to having an affair with a girl called Daisy Renton who had changed her name from Eva Smith. One of the dramatic devices that Priestley uses in the last few pages of act 2 is the punctuation that is used to convey a tone or an expression. For example on page 48, when a hyphen is used at the end of a sentence. This shows that the inspector, which emphasises the point that the inspector is being serious, has cut off Mrs Birling. ...read more.

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As if a girl of that sort would ever refuse money"! At the end of act 2 Sheila is made out to look like she is showing remorse and is disgusted at the way her parents are acting. This is probably what Priestley hopes the next generation will be like. Mr Birling doesn't say much but he doesn't seem to care about Eva Smith but about the status of his family. For example when he says, "look inspector you're not trying to tell us that - my boy is mixed up in this? The inspector is portrayed as a very manipulative person who is very interrogative. He is also a promoter of socialist views, which would make him look better in the eyes of the audience. Priestley also uses dramatic irony to give a dramatic effect at the end of act 2. Dramatic irony is when the audience know what is happening while the characters in the play don't. He also uses this technique at other parts of the book for instance when at he start of the play the Birling's are in the dining room and Mr Birling says that there isn't going to be a 1st world war and said that the Titanic was unsinkable. This may have been a remark from Priestley that everybody were too complacent at he time, which is why there were bad times. ...read more.

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At this point the inspector seemed to have won the battle as she then was feeling intimidated, which was another first in the play. This is also the turning point because Mrs Birling seems to be reduced to smaller sentences after. For example she only uses about one sentence for every time she says something. Every time Mrs Birling doesn't give a straight answer, the inspector also seemed to get more serious as by this stage he is very impatient and edgy which adds to the already hostile atmosphere. But despite this he managed to outwit her and get her to say that the justice should go against the father of the baby (Eric). I have concluded that there are many ways in which Priestley has created a tension, which provides a dramatic atmosphere for the end of scene 2. This has been done by using different dramatic devices. As Priestley is a socialist he tends to make the Birling family look bad. He does this by making them humiliated at the end of the scene. I think this is because they come across as a very high-class family who are clueless about what the working class are going through or turn a completely blind eye to the working class. He has also tried to use dramatic irony to also humiliate the family and to give a more dramatic touch. Another key thing he used was the way he developed the plot and made the inspector gradually build up the guilt. ...read more.

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