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How might stagecraft serve to emphasize the divisions in society? In the Daldry version of 'An Inspector Calls', stagecraft plays a vital

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How might stagecraft serve to emphasize the divisions in society? In the Daldry version of 'An Inspector Calls', stagecraft plays a vital role in and audience's understanding of the play. At the start of the performance the curtains rise, and the first thing your eyes are drawn to is a huge elevated house, this immediately causes the audience to ask questions, as to why the house is elevated. The first and perhaps the most obvious reason for this, from an audience's point of view is that the Birling's may think they're higher and more important than anyone else. However, a more detailed explanation as to why the house may be elevated is that perhaps the Birling's think they're on another planet, and separate from other people. This idea is backed up by Mr. Birling saying "a man has to mind his own business, and look after himself, as his own," this shows that Mr. ...read more.

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By opening the house it also exposes all the things the Birling's have done wrong. E.g. how Eva Smith was exploited by people in higher positions that her. I also think that the opening of the house may symbolise how Sheila came to the realisation that she had done things wrong, and how she contributed towards Eva's death. This shows the audience how her mind was opened, much like then house. The next stage of the play is when the house collapses. I think this is to symbolise the fall of the Birling family (if what the inspector is saying is true) there would be a public enquiry. A public enquiry is mentioned jokingly at the start of the play by Mr Birling (when he is talking to Gerald). And then, later on in the play, Mr. ...read more.

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Birling's and Gerald's opinions, of how the rich should live individually from the lower-class. The two events, the house collapsing, and the restoration of the house may symbolise key events in modern history. The collapsing of the house may represent literally the collapsing of buildings in world war two, but also the collapse of capitalism. The collapse may have been because all people lower or upper-class had to work together during the war. The restoration of the house, then may represent the restoration of society (after the war) but instead of capitalist, socialist. However, Priestly then suggests, though the inspectors final speech that society is still partly capitalist, he does this by saying "if men will not learn, then they will be taught in fire, and blood and anguish." I also think Priestly is trying to hint that there may be a revolution. In conclusion I would say that stagecraft, in the Daldry version of 'An Inspector Calls' plays an important role in the understanding of divisions of society in Britain. ...read more.

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