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How does Priestley manipulate the audience's responses in the final Act?

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Introduction

How does Priestley manipulate the audience's responses in the final Act? In the final Act Priestley manipulates the audience's responses using a number of proficient techniques. Priestley cleverly uses effective language devices such as rhetorical questions to direct the audience in the way he wants. Inspector-'We are responsible for each other'. The Inspectors powerful tone and forceful language is very effective in many ways. It enables to change the mood and attitude of the characters and the style of the atmosphere. He also uses 'we' which involves the audience as well as the characters. Priestly tries to teach a moral lesson through the play of responsibility and good morality. ...read more.

Middle

We can see this; from Sheila's change of attitude at first she was selfish and immature. However as the play progressed Sheila became deeply affected by the Inspector's powerful language techniques. Eric who is firstly introduced to the audience as 'half shy, half assertive', he mostly uses colloquial language such 'squiffy' at the beginning of the play, however he changes dramatically during the course of the play. The language used by Eric is more defensive in the final act, which proves he has been affected by the Inspector's words. Eric- ' Then you killed her. She came to you to protect me' Mr and Mrs Birling do not change from ignorance to knowledge and refuse to accept the Inspector's knowledge. ...read more.

Conclusion

However in the final Act of the play, the Inspector becomes a fictional character, so the audience are left in suspicion about the Inspector for the first time. This may be because the Inspector divulges his opinions throughout the play, which differs him from a stereotypical image of an Inspector. This leaves the audience and every member of the Birling family isolated and filled with suspicion. At this point in the play, the audience probably think that the Inspector has forced together pieces of different puzzles and created a story. The final act of the play is a stunning, effective and dramatic moment. The audience are suddenly forced to reconsider Inspector 'Goole'. At first he seemed like a normal and well-informed person, then it seemed he might be a hoaxer. Now he becomes something altogether more mysterious. Nafisa Patel 10GA Kamran Ahmed 10GA Salman Ghauri 10H ...read more.

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