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Show how JB Priestley uses the conventions of a detective story to create and maintain the interest of the audience and to put over a moral message.

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Show how JB Priestley uses the conventions of a detective story to create and maintain the interest of the audience and to put over a moral message. This play is much like a detective story as it includes a great number of 'ingredients' that a detective story would have, such as the fact there is a detective in the play,Inspector Goole.There is a victim, Eva Smith or Daisy Renton. There are many suspects. Money and relationships are also included in the play, especially when Eric was involved, all of these are key in a real detective story. This play might not be classed as a detective story as there is no real murder and no real suspects, the whole familly helped to drive Eva/Daisy to suicide. Priestley creates interest and suspense by slowly revealing small parts of the story in a different order to how they happened and affected Eva/Daisy's life by using a variaty of different dramatic devices. We see this when he creates a sence of trust between the character and the detective, and then moments later reveales a different part of the story which leaves the character uneasy about what they say, an example of this is when the inspector is talking to Sheila Birling, the daughter of the family involved in the suicide. ...read more.

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This is also effective when Gerald leaves the house as he is not seen again until he re-enters the house. Priestly ends the play on a cliffhanger, as the phone call to the Birlings house reporting the suicide of the girl as if the inspector never came, also when Gerald returns home he tells the family that the local station have not heard of an Inspector Goole, this would leave the audience wanting to watch more and find out the end of the story but instead they have to make up their on decisions about the strange happenings in the Birling household. The end of the play twists this story into a strange play, this could be why it is not classed as a real detective story, there is no murder and there are multiple suspects that all helped kill the girl and also the audience could belive that the inspector was not a real person and that there was some other explantion to the play. In this play I feel that it is not a real detective story as Priestly is also trying to get across a message to the audience, also not all of the relevant points are included to make the play a 'real' detective story, for instance there is no murder and no killer. ...read more.

Conclusion

This was put across to the audience more strongly as Mr Birling was a very proud business man who thought he worked hard for his way of life and only he deserved it. The audience may disagree with his predictions on life as he mentions that you should only look after your family. The audience would not be imperesed with Mr Birlings views on the whole incident when the inspector leaves as he does not think that he has done anything wrong, that could effect her suicide. I think that Mr Birling might change his views after recieveing the phone call from the factory at the end of the play reporting the girls death. I think that Priestely wrote this play to get across this moral and to also show that things may not always be as simple as they first seem, I think that he got this point across well as I clearly got the message in the play. Personally I did not agree with Mr Birling and his views on life as he is a very selfish character who does not care about others, only his money and lifestyle. Ashleigh Follen 10S ...read more.

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