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How does Priestley use the "Inspector" as a dramatic tool to increase mystery and suspense

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Introduction

'An Inspector Calls' is a play written by J.B.Priestley. It is set in 1912 but written in 1945. The play is written in the style or genre of a detective mystery play. It starts with a death that is believed to be a suicide, and the plot of the play is the investigation of the death of Eva Smith. As the involvement of each character is revealed, the play becomes a detective mystery similar to a 'whodunit' as the Inspector depicts the life of Eva Smith using each family member's story. Each member of the Birling family has a connection to Eva Smith and has contributed to her death. The audience is kept in the dark about who drove Eva Smith to her death as all the characters have had some involvement with her. Priestley uses cliff-hangers to end each act to hold the audience in suspense but to also to interest the audience by slowly using the characters desire to find out who was responsible for Eva's suicide. The inspector is important, as he is the main character that controls the suspense and mystery to the story. ...read more.

Middle

Birling?'. Each character has a varied level of resistance to the inspectors questioning but eventually they all confess to their influence on Eva Smith's life and later her suicide. It is apparent that the inspector knows more about the Birling family than they do themselves this heightens the mystery that surrounds him' and to add to this characters enigmatic nature he seems to know a great deal about Eva Smith even though he admits he has never spoken to her. He knows that she her name changed, 'she used more than one name'. He also knows that she worked for the Birlings and the reason why Mr. Birling sacked her, 'wanted the rates raised'. He also knew about Gerald's affair, Sheila involvement in having Eva sacked, Eric getting her pregnant and Mrs. Birlings cold hearted and spiteful manner when Eva came to her for help using her own surname. He knows that each member of the family has had some involvement with Eva Smith. How he knows it, is unclear but it is presumed that he knows it simply because he is an inspector and that he researched this case, but that assumption is abandoned when it becomes clear that he is not even a police officer let alone an inspector. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gerald is as jovial as Mr. Birling as it means his involvement with a prostitute will not become common knowledge. However Sheila and Eric are are left shell-shocked by the evening. They feel different to everyone else and believe that it didn't make a difference who the man was, they come to realise that you should take the effects your actions had on other people into account when you made decisions. It has a lasting effect on both of them and it distances them from the others. The inspector is a device used to expose the Birlings disregard for society and to make them see that actions have consequences. It is Priestley's final sentence of the speech, 'fire and blood and anguish' that he finally makes everyone aware of the inspectors' almost supernatural quality. Who or what the 'Inspector' was, is left deliberately unsolved by Priestley, almost as if to heighten the supernatural nature of the inspector. This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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