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Why is the end of Act Two, An Inspector Calls, so powerful? Is it still relevant to a modern audience?

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Why is the end of Act Two, "An Inspector Calls", so powerful? Is it still relevant to a modern audience? Introduction In the first half of the 20th Century a number of different events took place. As you may already know, two of the biggest events that took place were the Two Great World wars. The devastating Wars took the lives of soldiers, innocent people and civilians but also caused the whole World to suffer. The Titanic, a ship that was ment to be unsinkable, sank in 1912. The Holocaust in the 2nd World War was when Hittler killed thousands and thousands of Jews either in concentration camps or by torture. The Atomic bomb and the Great Depression was when the World fell into a dismal grey, pit of depression after World War 1. They thought there would never be a War like it again. Priestley was worried with how this world was turning out, how people are selfish and don't help others and how they ignore and are prejudice to one another. Priestley was a great writer of plays and novels, which he hoped would inspire readers into making this world a better place. ...read more.


For example, when he loses his patience with Mr Birling, he says, "Don't stammer and yammer at me again man. I'm losing all patience with you people". This implies that the Inspector isn't a man from the police section because of his attitude towards the other characters. The Inspector is rude yet very intimidating, this shocks all the other characters and they all react in differen't ways. The Inspector is very harsh and if there is a weakness in one of the characters he uses it to his advantage. For instance, when the Inspector uses emotive language to upset Sheila he says, "...this girl was going to have a child". Sheila then reacts by crying, "No! Oh-horrible - horrible..." This suggests that Sheila is a very emotional girl and even when she shows remorse and guilt the Inspector shows no sign of reassurance to her. He won't let her or any of them go until they get what they deserve. The Inspector is also very strong and powerful and in control. For instance when Mrs Birling says "... you have no power to make me change my mind." ...read more.


Make an example of the young man, eh? Public confession of responsibility - um?" This implies to the audience that tension is building and there is a sence of urgency in the play. Conclusion The extract overall was very effective at putting Priestly's views across to the audience. This extract was a very important section in the play and was made a very powerful section. The play is most probably relevant to a modern day audience because it gets a message across to people and things still happen now, like what happened in the play. An example of this is when Mrs Birling says, " ... and have been refused assistance". This implies that years ago people get sacked etc and that is still happens nowadays. I think the play overall was very good. It had some sad parts in the play, like when the Inspector says, "The girl had a baby". It had a very good story line and structure to the play. It was quite an exciting play and it built up tension as the story went on. Most people guessed that Eric was the Dad to baby about three-quarters of the way through but I didn't realise until the end few pages. If I had to rate the book I would give it 8 out of 10. ...read more.

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