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I am going to examine the first twelve pages of 'An Inspector Calls'. I will be discussing how important they are in the light of the play.

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20th Century Drama- Coursework Essay I am going to examine the first twelve pages of 'An Inspector Calls'. I will be discussing how important they are in the light of the play. The stage directions given by Priestley are very accurate and are just the way he wants them. They are like this, not only to help make the play easier for when it is done on stage, but it is just the way the Birling's would have lived for example 'Good solid Furniture of the period'. The lighting before the inspector arrives is pink and intimate 'lighting...pink and intimate before inspector arrives'. This is to show that the atmosphere of the people in the room is friendly and quite comfortable. The lighting then changes when the inspector arrives to a bright and hard light. ...read more.

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He shows off to Gerald by saying 'chance of a Knighthood'. Mrs Birling is quite a cold woman and doesn't really care about classes lower than her. She is very snobby and always makes sure that her husband is keeping up his standards. For instance, when Mr Birling spoke honestly about his dinner she said 'your not supposed to say such things'. Sheila, as it says in the stage directions, 'is very pleased with life'. Though Eric also informs Gerald of her having a nasty and sinister side. Eric says 'she's got a nasty temper some times'. Sheila also doesn't like being laughed at. So when her brother laughs at her she says 'your squiffy' which means drunk. Eric is seen as different from the rest of the family because when he burst out laughing the rest of the family didn't. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is also an abuse of power especially from Mr and Mrs Birling. They do not believe that the Inspector can talk to them in the way that he does. An important thing to mention about this play is that the door bell rings. It is at the time when Mr Birling is doing one of his speeches. He talks about people looking after their own. Whereas Priestley believed in looking out for everyone. So when the doorbell rings and the Inspector enter, it is the opposite of what Mr Birling talks about in his speech. I think that the opening scene is very successful in drawing you into the play because you think that the Birling's are just an ordinary middle class family. Then as you read on you discover that they are less ordinary than you think. After examining the opening twelve pages of 'An Inspector Calls' I discovered the importance of them in the light of what happens later on in the play. ...read more.

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