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How would you stage Inspector Goole(TM)s entrance, and the reactions of the other characters to his entrance?

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Introduction

How would you stage Inspector Goole's entrance, and the reactions of the other characters to his entrance? The play "An Inspector Calls" fundamentally challenges the ideologies and beliefs of capitalism and its followers. The character of the Inspector is used to represent many things, and ultimately to make the other characters in the play question their views and actions in life. The set, props, lighting and other devices are used to create an atmosphere that helps to get the full meaning of the play across, and to create dramatic effect. The lighting in the play is crucial in creating mood, and representing the emotions of the characters. The directions given by Priestley are that the lighting should be "pink and intimate", and then transform to be "brighter and harder" when the Inspector arrives. The general lighting in the room before the Inspector arrives should be warm and cosy, and create a comfortable atmosphere. This denotes the fact that before the Inspector enters their lives, the Birlings and Gerald Croft are blissfully ignorant of the effect their behaviour and lifestyle is having on other people. When the Inspector initially enters the room, there should be a spotlight focused on him that flickers before coming on properly, to illustrate the mystery of his character, and the uncertainty surrounding his motives. The general lighting should become brighter, and Mr. and Mrs. Birling and Gerald Croft should have harsh lights focused on them. ...read more.

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The costume of the characters should be typical of the period, elegant and made from such luxurious materials as silk, satin and lace. Mr. Birling, Gerald Croft and Eric Birling should wear "tails and white ties". Mr. Birling and Gerald should also have gold wristwatches and cufflinks, to represent their wealth and standing. These also reflect the self importance and pompous nature of the men, and provide an exaggerated expression of their personality for the audience. The lack of such opulent items in Eric's dress will suggest how he has a different attitude to the other men, and feels less of a compulsion to show off his status at all times. It also makes him stand out less, as at the point of the Inspector's entrance, his character seems to fade into the background. Mrs. Birling and Shelia should wear expensive evening dresses, and jewellery. Mrs. Birling's dress should be dark and rich in colour, and she will wear gold, gem-encrusted necklaces. The colour of her dress represents how seriously she takes herself, and how she thinks she is superior to others and above reprimand. Shelia should have a paler, neutral coloured dress, and wear simple jewellery. The fact that her clothes are more demure symbolises how she, like Eric, has a different character to the other Birlings and Gerald. They both belong to the younger generation, and are more willing to listen to the Inspector. ...read more.

Conclusion

In using such a graphic description, the Inspector is able to show the Birlings what serious consequences their actions have had. The inappropriate language he uses establishes the fact that his investigation will not be a comfortable process. The word "burnt" is very emotive, and gives a sense of how savage and brutal the girl's death was. When saying these words, an actor should speak in an offhand manner, which is emphasised by phrases such as "of course". This stark contrast between the subject matter and the way it is delivered will make the description even more effective, and add to the strange and mysterious nature of the character. The audience is introduced to the Inspector in a dramatic way, and this prepares them for the crucial role he will have throughout the play. The entrance of Inspector Goole is a pivotal moment in the play, and should be as dramatic and mysterious as possible. The audience perception of his character can be influenced by the way in which the other characters in the play react to him. Devices such as costume, set, props, lighting and sound can also be used to establish the atmosphere and tone of the play. The character of the Inspector is used to make people look at themselves critically, and challenge their opinion of others. He has a profound affect on the lives of the Birlings and Gerald Croft, and will make any audience consider whether they really appreciate the full consequences of their actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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