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To what extent does 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley engage an audience dramatically?

By Izzy Calvert, Imo Krens, Caitlin Shaw, Ashleigh Bishop and Alys Whitehead

Alys Whitehead

on 25 March 2011

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Transcript of To what extent does 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley engage an audience dramatically?

To what extent does 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley engage an audience dramatically? Different aspects Building of tension Dramatic Irony Moral message Characters Structure of the play (unities) Moral Message Your past can come back and haunt you Be careful with your decisions Everything has a consequence Make sure you realise what you are doing and how it may affect others Consider others Everything you do, your history will affect someone Make sure you know the consequences before you do something Everyone plays their part Dramatic Irony Mr Birling says that the Titanic is unsinkable, but we know that it sank Because the play is set in 1912, we know all the events whic happened after that. J.B. Priestley used this to his advantage Hindsight J.B. Priestley uses this subtly and doesn't make it too obvious or use it too much He uses it to show the personality of Mr Birling Context in which the play was written History How high up you stood in society depended on your family anf your wealth The history of society engages the audience because Priestley mixes the social classes together to create the story The social classes were very far apart so by bringing them together in the play creates tension and conflict Priestley uses the play to explain how women were finding their voice and standing up for what they wanted He shows this through Eva Smith when she asks for a bigger pay This engages the audience because it was unheard of for a woman to demand something from a man Building tension Priestley builds the tension by adding a new excitment to the story gradually He builds the tension up for the climax of the story. Cliffhanger Priestley uses conflict within the characters to engage the audience None of them want anyone to know anout their envolvment with Eva Smith's death Every play must have conflict because it causes the audience to empathise with characters By using narative hooks (only telling the audience half the story) it fustrates the audience's expectations Characters All have different characteristics to them Priestley makes them all different from each other They don't have the same opinions so they fight a lot The audience is enticed because their different personalities create conflicts The audience may find them funny to laugh at because we have the benefit of the hindsight The audience is engaged dramatically because they can relate to the characters and build up opinions of them Weaknesses Some members of the audience could feel that the end twist is irrelevant because the point has already been made and it was just an add on They could also feel that it was let down ending - as though the playwrite just stopped writing Structure (unities) J.B. Priestley uses unities to create tension The whole play is in one room - the dining room The play is in one evening in real time. There are not many flashbacks The play is simple which means that the audience can concentrate on the plot more All scenes contribute to the plot Priestley starts the play at the end of a meal. As meals are social events they can be explosive Not too much is given away early on in the story, therfore, the audience cannot guess what is going to happen Unexpected ending By Imo Krens, Alys Whitehead, Caitlin Shaw, Izzy Calvert and Ashleigh Bishop Context in which the play was written Consider the weaknesses
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