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Look at page 58 from Sheila's line 'it doesn't much matter now...' to page 65 were Eric shouts 'and I say the girls dead...' How would you direct this scene?

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Introduction

Look at page 58 from Sheila's line 'it doesn't much matter now...' to page 65 were Eric shouts 'and I say the girls dead...' How would you direct this scene? When answering please consider the following; character, movement, tone, gesture, grouping, setting and light. How would you direct them to bring out the tension. An Inspector Calls was written by JB Priestley and is set in 1912 but it was written in 1945. The author uses historic knowledge to his advantage. At the beginning of the play, Birling gives a speech which is extremely ironic 'I say there isn't a chance of war. . . the Titanic- she sails next week- New York in five days- and every luxury- and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable' The subsequent outcomes relating to these issues are the complete opposite. World War one is about to erupt and the Second World War was close to follow. Birling stresses that the boat is unsinkable but the audience are aware that this is untrue. This shows the audience, right from the beginning, that Birling is a very ironic character and that he thinks himself a powerful figure in his family. This scene is very important because it is where the characters find out that Inspector Goole is a fake. Their reaction to this information what they have really learnt through this incident and whether the characters have developed. Mr and Mrs Birling seem relieved and overjoyed when they find out the truth and appear happy that their reputations are no longer at stake. ...read more.

Middle

After saying 'the fact is,' he will take a sip of his drink before finishing the rest of his sentence. This will demonstrate that he is a little bit stressed. He then walks back to his seat. At the bottom of the page, Mrs Birling calls Eric and Sheila 'children' which now makes them feel patronised because they are behaving more maturely than their parents, which they can demonstrate by scowling. When the bell rings everyone should look at each other in alarm. Mrs Birling says that Edna will get the door, a door slams off stage before Gerald enters. Sheila looks uncomfortable and fidgets. No one stands up to greet him and he takes off his own hat and gloves' showing that he is part of the family. When Gerald says 'I hope you don't mind me coming back' he looks at Sheila because after Gerald's confession, page 40, Sheila handed back her engagement ring. Mrs Birling interrupts their gaze by sweetly saying 'No, of course not Gerald.' Birling stops his daughter when she starts to tell Gerald what happened after he left. He does not want Gerald to get a bad impression of his family because he wants their two family businesses to merge together. '...perhaps we may look forward to the time when Croft's Limited and Birling and Company are no longer competing, but working together...' page 4. Gerald asks how the Inspector behaved and Mrs Birling tells him how rude he was to herself and her husband. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then Birling shouts 'Look- for God's sake!' His wife ironically says 'Arthur!' as though that is the only thing he has done wrong. Birling then explains that his children do not understand that it could have been a public scandal when Eric interrupts and shouts 'And I say the girl's dead and we all helped to kill her- and that's what matters-' Throughout the scene, Sheila appears more mature than her parents and Eric seems more confident and probably relieved that everything is out in the open. Mr and Mrs Birling are portrayed as self centred and snobbish because they never admit to being wrong although it is clear to the audience that they are. Gerald is in the middle of the family because while he is pleased that the Inspector was a fraud, he never says that what he did was right but also never admits to doing any wrong. I think the message that Priestly was trying to put across is that our actions affect other people as well as ourselves and that with power comes responsibility which is something that all of the characters forgot. He also wanted the audience to be aware of the definite social hierarchy. I would show this by the Inspector wearing cheap and untidy clothes, when compared to the Birlings'. As director, I would make sure there was a great sense of irony but not let it get lost in the audience. I would show an obvious generation gap and emphasise the grouping, to bring out the tension. JESSICA MANN 10A ...read more.

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