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Page Twenty Five (Inspector Sternly) To End Of the Act (Page Twenty Six) Explore the Ways That Priestley Makes the Scene Dramatic and Important To the Play.

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Page Twenty Five (Inspector Sternly) To End Of the Act (Page Twenty Six) Explore the Ways That Priestley Makes the Scene Dramatic and Important To the Play The stage directions are vitally important in this scene because it shows how the characters are feeling mentally whilst showing their physical and vocal actions. At the start of the scene we see the inspector speaking "sternly". He then delivers a comment about Eva Smith; "she changed her name to Daisy Renton-". This pause at the end creates tension completed by the "startled" manner of Gerald's reaction. This tells the audience that the young man is the next victim for the Inspector to meticulously interview so he can prove that he is jointly responsible for the death of the woman. It was only a question of time. Gerald's tone of voice and acting tells the audience what he had been doing to Sheila. By acting the innocent just made him more guilty "(trying to smile) Well what, Sheila". ...read more.

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The inspector is also very aggressive when it comes to summarising what happened to Eva Smith and how a particular character contributed to her suicide. The revelation of Gerald having Eva Smith as a mistress came as a shock because the characters are superficial throughout the play; he presented an image of being dedicated to Sheila. This therefore makes the audience think twice about the behaviour and mannerisms of the other characters in the play including Mr Birling and Sheila previously. Priestley cleverly uses the stage directions to demonstrate Gerald's state of mind with the stage direction: "SHEILA merely nods, still staring at him, and he goes across to the Tantalus on the sideboard for a whisky." This shows the audience that he is clearly nervous about the whole situation of owning up to Sheila about what has been going on. The use of alcohol to calm the nerves and this is a good use of the play showing nerves and strain on the characters to the viewers. ...read more.

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The door symbolises a new part in the play meaning that the inspector is going to reveal the secrets which the character is hiding to the others. It is obvious that it is only time until he knows exactly what went on between Eva Smith; the inspector looks at him as his next prey in "the chain of events". The act ends in suspense when the inspector simply says "Well?" The people who are watching the play want to see what Gerald has to say, because the upper classes have been revealed as being not so faultless after all. Priestley uses many different techniques in creating tension which is vital in making the play interesting and addictive to watch for the audience. The tone of voice, body language and even silence at the right moments create apprehension throughout the two pages which I have analysed. The play is based on the "responsibility" of the characters which are all involved throughout. This main theme is what links all the people in the play together. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andrew Tait Page 1 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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