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An Inspector Calls

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zoe spence

on 18 October 2012

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Transcript of An Inspector Calls

How Does Priestley make this scene
important and exciting? An Inspector Calls AO1 AO2 clear and well-developed critical response to the text

clear evaluation of relevant material from the text

clear, critical understanding of the effects of writers’ choices of language, structure and form

text is legible

spelling, punctuation and grammar are accurate

meaning is very clearly communicated ACT 2: THE FINAL MOMENTS Priestley is the playwright, therefore you have to comment on his choices. The words he chooses that manipulate the audiences feelings in a particular way. You have to understand and comment on his intentions and his message that he tries to deliver to the audience watching through his characters. Important to the play:
1. To the narrative- How particular events or actions can change the course of the play. Pivotal moment.
2. To delivering Priestley's message
3. In linking with the play's themes and comments/criticisms of society For the audience watching!! NOT A READER!!
They have come to the theater for entertainment! Priestley has to engage his audience before he can 'teach' them!
DRAMA< TENSION< SUSPENSE- how have the character: actions/ reactions created shock/panic/in the audience? Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations. Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings. Mark scheme BAND 2 Cliffhanger curtain falls- leaves us eager to know what will happen, find what Eric has done! End of act 2 Mrs B- lack of responsibilty towards the girl- link to message/moral- we need to look after other people Short sentences which adds drama and suspense important- Mrs B doesn’t understand how mature her daughter ‘hysterical child’ – Sheila who is the most insightful- Prietley makes the audience see what Shelia sees- they are insightful and can see how society can change Contrast of emotions- distressed- Sheila, Birling- terrified- his son is implicated, Mrs B- triumphant, agitated- fear! Use of stage directions- pauses, interruptions, ellipsis Inspector hints at ‘time’- mystery- alludes to time. A time for change? To realise mistakes Sheila realises before her mother, as do the audience- exciting warns her mother not to implicate herself further by saying something she regrets- Mrs B doesn’t listen- makes herself look foolish and she lands her son in trouble Inspector’s questioning- repeats what she says ‘No hushing up, eh?’- reinforce her views- makes her look even more ignorant. Knows Eric is about to enter- hand signal to stop AO1 AO2 AO2 AO1 AO2 AO1 AO2 AO1 Ao1 AO2 AO2 The extract is important in revealing that the Birlings are no better than the lower classes they seem to look down upon and in some ways they are actually worse. Mrs Birling places the blame for Eva’s death on the man who got her pregnant and states that he should be, ‘compelled to confess in public’ and is ‘entirely responsible.’ This shows us her ignorance as she doesn’t realise she is talking about her own son- a supposedly upper class young gentleman! She even goes as far as to say that he is more to blame than the girl and is ‘certainly’ the ‘chief culprit’. The Inspector proves here that Mrs Birling has no right to look down on Eva as a lower class girl because her son is even worse according to her.
Equally this is exciting for the audience because they………. At the end of the extract, the audience are left on a cliffhanger as Mrs Birling slowly comes to realise the part her son has played in the girl’s life. Sheila exclaims, ‘I begged you and begged you to stop-’, which presents the idea that she knows before her mother. This is exciting for the audience because they too are involved in this action, coming to understand that Mrs Birling has implicated her son in the death. The clever way the Inspector allows Mrs Birling to do this is dramatic because she makes herself look foolish and ignorant for instance, when she states, ‘ he’s compelled to confess in public his responsibility.’ Priestley is highlighting Mrs Birling’s ignorance to show how some members of the upper class refused to accept any responsibility for those they considered below them. AO1 AO2
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