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Introduction

'An Inspector Calls' 'An Inspector Calls' was written in 1946 and set in 1912. It tells the story of an inspector who visits the Birling family, who are wealthy, trying to find out why a young pregnant girl has suddenly decided to commit suicide. J.B Priestly chose to set the play in 1912 as a warning. The Birlings are smug and complacent; they believe that the titanic wont sink and war won't happen. J.B Priestly was writing with the benefit of hindsight because he knew that the horrors of the two world wars would happen. He was warning the audience not to be complacent and to remember their sense of social responsibility and that the war was coming. The end of Act 2 and the beginning of Act 2 are important to play because the guilt of all the characters is revealed and the inspector's final speech gives the audience an important social message. The play has contemporary relevance to a modern audience because now in the modern day a lot more people know a lot more about the war and the titanic and what the Birlings has got to go through. ...read more.

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still on the same point that the family did not want to discuss because they knew that he would find out the truth about the family. J.B Priestly is trying to show that the whole family is involved in the killing of an innocent person and at the time the play was set there were a lot of deaths because of the war and the titanic sinking and he is trying to put across how serious the event is. Stage direction is used in a lot of different ways in 'An Inspector Calls' to create a lot of different effects. For example 'Birling and Mrs Birling exchange bewildered and rather frightened glances.' Suggests that the truth is gradually dawning on them and that they are starting to become aware of all of the individual involvement with Eva Smith's death. During this scene J.B Priestly makes the audience think about what the family are feeling and they would be thinking that the a few members of the family have slowly been discovered so maybe the whole family is involved in the death of the poor, innocent girl; Eva Smith. Also J.B Priestly makes the audience think about the family and whether they think they will get found out and how did the Inspector find this information out in the first place. ...read more.

Conclusion

J.B Priestly was trying to explain how serious death was because of the war and how many lives were lost during that horrific event. J.B Priestly used dramatic techniques such as Staging, Language, Structure and Dramatic impact to influence what the audience believe. For example he uses staging such as 'he looks from one to the other carefully' this shows the audience that he is looking at all of the family individually playing their part of the death of Eva Smith. He uses strong language to give the audience that the Inspector is in control such as 'who is to blame then?' this implies to the audience that the inspector is asking the questions, also this is a very short sharp question and doesn't have a short sharp answer so that one of the Birlings have to give their side of the story on who's to blame. J.B Priestly uses the dramatic impact to show to the audience that the Inspector is cool, calm and collected whilst the Birlings are worried, stressed and edgy about being questioned. This can be shown by 'nearly at breaking point' as Eric gives a speech about who's to blame in his eyes implies that he is going to break down and is the truth is going to slip out sooner or later. ...read more.

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