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The final scene of Act Two of JB Priestley's "An Inspector Calls" is one of the most dramatic in the play

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The final scene of Act Two of JB Priestley's "An Inspector Calls" is one of the most dramatic in the play. Explain the reasons for this. John Boynton Priestley was born in Bradford in 1894. On the outbreak of the First World War Priestley immediately joined the British Army. He was sent to France and in September 1915 took part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley sent back to England for six months. Soon after returning to the Western Front he endured a German gas attack. Treated at Rouen he was classified by the Medical Board as unfit for active service and was transferred to the Entertainers Section of the British Army. Because of his experiences and encounters in the First World War, Priestley adopted a Utopia sense of view which is an idealist who envisions the possibility of a perfect society. Priestley believed that all people in any class all had equal rights. In the play "An Inspector Calls", Priestley used contrasting characters, Eva Smith and the Birling family to display how people can be looked upon so differently. Near the end of Act Two, Gerald Croft leaves the Birling household to get some fresh air clear his head and to think things through. When Gerald states that he is to leave the house, Mr. Birling objects to this, but Inspector Goole plainly says "All right Mr. ...read more.


Sheila tells him not to interfere, proving that even in this short time, she has matured. The cutting off of her father also displays her new-found maturity as she now has the courage to stand up to her father, unlike at the beginning of the novel where she was bullied by her father. This part of the play is a key moment where JB Priestley puts across his view of the older and also younger generations of that time. Priestley is stressing that the older generation are stubborn and will never change their ways, whilst the younger people in society will learn from their mistakes and then rectify themselves. The Inspector now moves on to Mrs. Birling and immediately shows her the picture of Eva Smith who came to her committee for help. However, this picture that has been shown to Mrs.Birling and the others may not have been the same pictures! he Inspector moves onto Mrs. Birling swiftly after she asks to see a picture of the dead girl, this is ironic as Mrs. Birling has now got herself into deep trouble with Inspector Goole. Mrs. Birling, being the defiant woman that she is denies the fact that she had ever seen the girl, let alone spoke to her and turned her away without offering her help. Mrs. Birling also shrugs off all other accusations that she was harsh to Eva Smith and turned her down. ...read more.


Also, at this time, Sheila continually tells her mother to be quiet and to stop, but the arrogant Mrs. Birling does not listen. At this point, the audience, in their heads, will be screaming that Eric is the culprit because Mrs. Birling is the only person who does not realize this. Things become more dramatic by the minute because Sybil Birling does not realize that it is her son, Eric, who had been dating Eva Smith and giving her stolen money from his father and also because every other family member has realized. It is also ironic because Sybil Birling is telling the Inspector how to deal with the culprit, not realizing that the culprit is her own son. The Act ends with Eric entering looking distressed, as well as Sheila who is distraught at her mother for telling Inspector Goole about how the "boy" should be dealt with and about how he is the chief culprit in the investigation. In this part of the play, the Climatic Curtain has been reached and the novel is at a climax, proving that the end as act two is the most dramatic part of the play. The ignorance of Mrs. Birling towards her daughter, like Mr. Birling earlier proves how the older generation is arrogant and ignores problems, making the play much more dramatic. This ignorance is also what JB Priestley wanted to erase and would like the lower class to be treated like equals. This is because Priestley had a Utopian sense of view, as explained earlier. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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