Comparing Inspector Goole and Mr Birling in Act One of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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Comparing Inspector Goole and Mr Birling in Act One of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

An Inspector Calls was set in 1912 but performed in 1946. There are a

range of dramatic devices used in this play. An Inspector Calls

consider how J.B Priestley combines dramatic effectiveness with

political comments in 'An Inspector Calls'. An inspector calls can be

described as a carefully constructed play as the author, J.B Priestley

combines dramatic devices with strong language. Though this essay

Priestley is trying to achieve the cumulative dramatic effect by

hearing the characters reactions to the consequences of both their own

and other people's actions, also the structure of the play and hearing

the characters tell their own stories. In this play "An Inspector

Calls", J.B. Priestley creates tension throughout the play, by using

historical and social issues, which give the play its context. We will

be looking at this play to show how Priestly presents this to the


When comparing and contrasting the differences between the two

characters: Mr.Birling and the inspector, in regards to attitudes,

values and morals. In the play Mr.Birling is known to be a

"hard-headed business man". However the inspector is not in anyway

interested in Mr.Birling or what he says or does about his business,

he is more interested on getting information from him. Mr.Birling is

speaking very formal towards the inspector to get his attention and

make himself look good, however this does not work as the inspector

shows he is not interested by his short replies to Birling, and all

Birling cares about is his business really. Mr.Birling is used to


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...ust start to learn all over again.

In conclusion, the main outline or contrast of the story line is the

ending of the play. Dramatic irony is used when the telephone rings

and there is a moment's complete silence. This has the audiences

thinking and shocked, as they had no idea. Priestly uses many

different techniques to create tension throughout the whole play and

also silence and pauses are very important in the creation of tension

as many people are at the edge of their seats wanting to know what

happens next in the play. Throughout this essay Priestley is trying to

get the point across that we don't only look after ourselves, but we

look after each other and help each other, whereas this is still

relevant today as we have to be socially responsible. "We are members

of one body. We are responsible for each other".
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