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How the mood changes and what devices are used to create tension and suspense in 'An Inspector Calls'.

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Priestley makes social criticism of the time in which the play is set by, when the inspector calls round he interrupts Billing?s speech about how people should look out for themselves and their family ?a man has to make his own way-has to look after himself- and his family too, of course?. Its during this speech the door bell rings the reason for the inspector calling at this time is he is trying to challenge what Birling is saying, this shows Priestley does not agree with what Birling said and how in his community people are like and think like Birling. One way that Priestley shows tension between Mr Birling and the inspector is through their different opinions; the inspector is there for and cares about the people in the community and actually wants to help, whereas Mr Birling doesn?t really care about anyone but himself, as he was talking about before the inspector came in he clearly states that ?a man has to make his own way-has to look after himself- and his family too, of course? but it would seem to the audience that Mr Birling in face added ? and his family too? as an after thought, which would back up the fact that he only cares about himself. ...read more.


She says ?Is this the one you wanted me to have?? which shows her willingness to be controlled. The atmosphere at that time is very calm and it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong and change that, in a way the atmosphere is almost like Sheila and Gerald?s relationship, the inspector tells the family about the death of Eva Smith, fortunately for Sheila and Gerald neither of them are familiar with that name but Mr Birling is, but as the inspector carries on and tells them that Eva went by a different name, Daisy Renton, but this time Gerald is the one who recognises that name. By the end of Act One, Sheila is aware that Gerald has been up to something in the previous summer and Sheila gains some control of their relationship. She works out what the Inspector is doing, and says ?Why ? you fool ? he knows?and I hate to think how much he knows that we don?t know yet. You?ll see. You?ll see.? It also says ?She looks at him almost in triumph. ...read more.


Another way it adds dramatic effect is where Gerald asks the inspector if he should leave, and the inspector tell Gerald not to leave, this might suggest that the inspector wishes to talk with Gerald as well as Mr. Birling suggesting that the inspector might be suspicious of Gerald. In conclusion to act 1 of the play, it really changes your view on a lot of characters over all, for example it shows Gerald to be connected to Eva Smith/ Daisy Renton through an affair he had been having over summer, and it also shows Sheila to get easily jealous and do things without fully thinking them through and thinking of the consequences. The way Priestley uses the inspector to create tension grabs the audiences? attention because he seems to know everything about all of the Birlings including Gerald, but he never gives away more than he needs too and this would keep the audience intrigued and wanting to know more and find out how he knows all everything. We have been studying a 20th century play called ?An Inspector Calls? wrote by J.B Priestly in 1945. I am going to state how the mood changes and what devices he uses to create tension and suspense. ...read more.

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