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To what extent do you think that 'an inspector calls' is an interesting detective story that keeps you guessing?

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ENGLISH COURSEWORK AN INSPECTOR CALLS BY JOHN PRIESTLY To what extent do you think that 'an inspector calls' is an interesting detective story that keeps you guessing? BY EDWARD SEMPRINI FORM 5 To what extent do you think that 'An inspector calls' is an interesting detective story that keeps you guessing? In 1945 John Priestly wrote the play called 'An inspector calls', it is in my opinion a thrilling mystery. The background of the main story is that a girl committed suicide and there is one family where each member of this family had something to do with her life and why she killed herself. An inspector arrives and questions each of them, trying to find out the full story with strange and weird actions happening in the play. The end is then a complete twist as a surprise earthquake ruins their house and it seems that there was no inspector; just it seems their conscience. I personally have read the book and seen the play and was kept very interested in both reading and watching. ...read more.

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The son had a relationship with Eva and the inspector knows this and uses this, which is also another very successful use of detective instinct and knowledge. When it comes to the wife, who seems quite stuck up, but in mind and body is frail and weak, the inspector again uses the anger and shouting technique, which causes her to crack in the end. Then as he knows and realises that she is weak and frail, he is able to comfort her. This shows that the inspector is their conscience, which once it has made them confess it then comforts them, just as a conscience would appear to do in reality. The inspector, like other inspectors in most of detective stories, is very intelligent and has many different ways of getting people to confess and give vital information, either using methods from the rulebook or by instinct. Again this is what makes a successful detective. For the inspector to be able get them to confess about how they were all linked to the death of the girl he insists that he talks to them one after each other so in private he can ascertain the personality of each individual and then he can see what technique would be best for getting them to talk. ...read more.

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This keeps you constantly guessing. Cliffhangers are used in the play creating tension and suspense, for example when we find out that it is Eric who is the father of Eva's baby. It creates a final sudden halt to the scene and leaves you thinking about many aspects of what will happen next and wondering if he is the reason why she killed herself because of his lack of support in her time of need. This play was set in a pre-1914 period, and so the character's will be slightly interesting with conversation about if they believe a war will start and the Father is always looking at the prospects of the future and it seems all he cares about is making profit from his company. We then find out about Eric's life and the fact that the other family members had lives that no one else suspected of. This adds more suspense, making you continually guess about what happened. As a final conclusion, I think that it is the tension and suspense effect that Priestly uses to make contrasts, to keep you guessing throughout the story, and yes, this book does fit into the category of a detective story. Edward Semprini form 5 English coursework: An inspector calls 1/4 ...read more.

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