How does Priestley manipulate the audience's responses in the final Act?

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Nafisa Patel 10GA

Kamran Ahmed 10GA

Salman Ghauri 10H

How does Priestley manipulate the audience’s responses in the final Act?

In the final Act Priestley manipulates the audience’s responses using a number of proficient techniques. Priestley cleverly uses effective language devices such as rhetorical questions to direct the audience in the way he wants.

            Inspector-‘We are responsible for each other’. The Inspectors powerful tone and forceful language is very effective in many ways. It enables to change the mood and attitude of the characters and the style of the atmosphere. He also uses ‘we’ which involves the audience as well as the characters.

            Priestly tries to teach a moral lesson through the play of responsibility and good morality. To make this moral teaching the highlight of the play, Priestley has to divert the audience’s responses in his own direction. By the end of the play the audience feel more responsible due to the Inspector’s long speeches in the final Act.

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             Priestley has made the Inspector a stable and relaxed figure so everything he says is echoed and has more emphasis on the Birling family, Gerald and most importantly the audience. If the Inspector were an insecure and hesitant character he wouldn’t be very reliable. The Inspector is given the power by Priestley to divert the audience’s beliefs and morals. Priestley makes the inspector use rhetorical questions so the audience feel involved as part of the play.

             The moral is only accepted by the younger generation Eric and Sheila ...

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