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The Inspector in "An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Plays a Crucial Role in the Drama Creating Tension and Mystery by Forcing the others to Face up to their Responsibility.

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The Inspector in "An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley Plays a Crucial Role in the Drama Creating Tension and Mystery by Forcing the others to Face up to their Responsibility. How does the Playwright Create this Tension and Mystery and Explain how you would Direct the Actor Playing the Inspector to Bring these Traits out? The play "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestley was written during World War two and set just before World War one. The play explores themes of social responsibility and community. This links with the time the play is set in and was written because in a cleaver way it is describing what is happening during the war. Times then were much more difficult if you were poor because there was no welfare state. Therefore employers had more control over workers as workers completely relied upon them for their livelihood. The Birlings embody everything that Priestley is arguing against. ...read more.

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The time the inspector arrives at the Birlings is just after Mr Birling is talking to Eric and Gerald about looking after yourself and your own. Entwined in the irony, the inspector enters and starts to tell what has happened. "A girl has died in an infermanery tonight" The inspector believes that a chain of events starts everything that has happened to this girl. This is just after Mr Birling was say that "If we were responsible for everything we done it would be a bit awkward" He is trying to challenge the inspector as the inspector has taken all power away from him. He has also taken everything Mr Birling said "A man has to make his own way - has to look after himself and his family too, of course when he has one - and so long as he does he wont come to much harm". When the inspector entered he proved to Mr Birling that this was not true. ...read more.

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When the inspector first enters, the light shall be dark with a lamp, which makes just enough light so that you can see his face, this will show that the inspector is very serious and doesn't take his work as a joke. The music would show a dark feeling with a big chord at the end, when his face is finally revealed. When the inspector first enters the room and stars to speak, he has a deep voice with an echo to his tone. He speaks very well and pronounces each word properly. From the beginning, when the reader first meets the inspector til the end, there is always some mystery about him. For instance his name Goole = Ghoul = Ghost. He is also very rude to the Birlings and does things differently to what they might expect from an inspector. Also, he knows too much about the involvement, which the Birlings had with Eva Smith. Towards the end he says, "I haven't much time" as though he knows Gerald is about to return with news that he isn't a real inspector. . ...read more.

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