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Show what clues Priestly provides in the first act to show that things are not what they seem!

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Introduction

An Inspector Calls In this essay I will show what clues Priestly provides in the first act to show that things are not what they seem! The first point is how the scene is set. It is set in the Birling's household, in Brumley. The Birling's are celebrating the engagement between Sheila Birling and Gerald Croft. The father of the family is a man called Mr Arthur Birling. Mr Birling appears to be a confident man who thinks very highly of himself. You can tell he thinks highly of himself when he says 'I might find my way onto the next honours list.' This is the way he sees himself. But things aren't what they seem to be. Eric Birling seems to be a lively young man who likes his drink. He is portrayed to be a smart looking man, who is quite a charmer. 'I don't know really. Suddenly I felt I just had to laugh.' This shows that Eric must like his drink a fair bit. But this is only the start. ...read more.

Middle

Mr Birling says to the inspector 'Well, what can I do for you? Some trouble about a warrant?' The inspector replies by saying 'No, Mr Birling.' This takes Birling by surprise. The inspector then says 'I'd like some information... Two hours ago a young girl died in the infirmary.' After Birling heard this he said 'Yes, yes. Horrid business. But I don't understand why you should come here inspector.' When the inspector mentioned the name of the dead girl, Eva Smith, Birling started to remember. The inspector then shows Birling a photograph, then Birling remembered who she was. He went on to say '...She was one of my employees and then I discharged her.' After saying this Mr Birling went very defensive, he said 'Just keep quiet Eric... this girl left us nearly two years ago.' He went on to mention 'Obviously it has nothing to do with the wretched girls suicide.' Birling doesn't want to answer some of the inspector's questions, and when he questions this, Birling does not like it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eva Smith, Daisy Renton, are they dead? Or has nothing happened to them? This was the next thing they had to work out. Gerald picked up the telephone and rung the infirmary. He asked whether a girl had died by drinking disinfectant. After a short wait Gerald turned round to the Birlings and said 'No girl has died in there today. Nobody's been brought in after drinking disinfectant. They haven't had a suicide for months.' I believe J.B. Priestly has done a good job showing that things are not what they seem. He does a good job changing the characters feelings as he goes through the play. For example, at the start of the play Eric says 'Steady the buffs', in a happy and jolly fashion. But at the end of the play Eric says 'I agree with Sheila it frightens me to.' The last thing Priestly does to make things not quite what they seem is in the last words of the play, the telephone rings, Birling answers then spins around and says 'That was the police, a girl has died... after swallowing some disinfectant. A police inspector is on his way - to ask some questions.' Andy Brunning 10I ...read more.

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