An Inspector Calls - How does Priestley's presentation of the Inspector create dramatic tension in the play? 'An Inspector Calls' Question Title: How does Priestley's presentation of the Inspector create dramatic tension in the play? During the play 'An Inspector Calls' the Inspector is used as a dramatic device. He raises and decreases the tension due to his attitude, actions, speeches and his symbolic role to the family, and audience at the time when the play was first performed. Throughout my essay I will be examining how Priestley's presentation of the Inspector generates tension throughout the play.
An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley "Priestley's play is unusual in that a character, the Inspector, could be said to direct the action of the play." This is a comment made by a theatre critic about the play "An Inspector Calls", and the character, Inspector Goole. By studying the play, I find that I can justify myself in agreeing with the critic's statement; that the Inspector does direct and control the action of the play. I am aware of how Priestley has incorporated various strategies and techniques of control into the character of the Inspector, which are use continuously throughout the play. Also, of Priestley's use of dramatic irony to cause reactions in the audience and to create certain feelings towards each character within the play.
I shall also talk about the many ways the inspector creates dramatic tension within the play. I shall also talk about the Inspector's character and behaviour and the effect he has on the family. Finally I shall conclude by discussing the ways Priestly has written many of his own thoughts and views into the play, and evaluating the effectiveness of the Inspector as a dramatic device. The entrance of the inspector is poignant because of the irony of the situation. Before the Inspector entered the room Mr. Birling had been talking about how it was important to look after only yourself.
William Shakespeare uses his plays not only to entertain the audience, but also to push the audience toward self-evaluation. The brilliance of Shakespeare is that his plays may be interpreted in different ways. The Tempest is not simply a fictional story meant to entertain the audience, but also a complete figurative narrative meant to mirror the art of the theatre. In this play each character represents a significant part in the alternate interpretation of the narrative. Examination of specific characters and their corresponding role in the theatrical world encourages a deeper understanding of self-reflexivity of The Tempest; which highlights William Shakespeare’s struggle to relinquish his art.
But it might have done.' ... ... middle of paper ... ... to prove Margaret Thatcher's saying wrong, and perhaps the views of Mr Burling, 'that there is no such thing as society.' 'An Inspector Calls' is a play which reaches out through the inspector to its audience. The inspector, a very careful but weighty man, shows us that there isn't a need in this world for jealously, shameful secrets or class structures. Through interrogating the rest of the characters he unveils each of their problems and shows us how it is wrong.
Dramatic Devices in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley This essay will show the way that the author, J.B Priestley, used dramatic devices within 'An Inspector Calls' to convey his concerns and ideas to the public. The essay also highlight and examine the dramatic devices Priestley includes to interest and involve the audience in his play. The character of the inspector wanted to make it clear to the Birlings that there was another harsh world outside their rich, comfortable and secure way of living. The inspector tried to entice the Birlings into realising that some people do not have the same opportunities as they had known and needed a helping hand. The Inspector did his best to place the Birlings into the shoes of some of the more disadvantaged people.
The employees were hesitant to report Mazey’s attitude mainly because they thought he would deny the allegations or reporting it to the seniors would result in a tense situation within the workplace. As such, they all chose to bear with his sharp, unprovoked, and unrelenting lashings. Defining the Problem: Chip Mazey, man who has been with the organization, has done wonders to the organization with his sheer intelligence and working style, known to have shown productive results. Yet he also had bagged the ill reputation of being a ruthless and reprove in nature. Mazey though has been part of the organization for a longtime, developed poor interpersonal and managerial skills.
We can see that after the so-called inspector left, the younger people such as Sheila's perspective about society changed whereas the older people such as Birling's didn’t. The character of Arthur Birling in the play is that of a very shrewd, selfish and hard-headed businessman. He has very defined views on life and other people. For example, he says, “…if you don’t come down sharply on these people, they’d soon be asking for the earth.” Mr. Birling is extremely self-centred and he feels that he has nothing to do with the community. We know this when he says things like, “a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own.” The repetition of the word “own” shows that he is too absorbed in himself.
"We were paying the usual rates and if they didn't like those rates, they could go and work somewhere else. It's a free country, I told them" This confirms to the audience that Mr. Birling is a harsh business man, out to make money in any way he can. Mr. Birling is almost self obsessed and believes that everyone has to look after themselves and no one else. He is arrogant and doesn't seem to learn, or want to. I believe the playwright shows him like this to make his downfall, later on in the play, seem greater but Priestly also illustrates him like this to show his lack ... ... middle of paper ... ... can be knocked over, only because of their wrong doings in the past.
How does J.B.Priestley interest the audience in the contrast between the ideas and beliefs of Authur Birling and Inspector Goole, in An Inspector Calls? In this essay I hope to identify and discuss J.B.Priestley's use of genre, tension, characterisation, irony and any other factors that contribute to making this play a success. A successful play is one that keeps the audience's interest throughout, and this is one such play. The two main characters in question are Authur Birling and Inspector Goole. They are very contrasting characters in almost every way.