Drama at the End of Act Two in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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Drama at the End of Act Two in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

What do you think is particularly dramatic about the section at the end of Act Two when Mrs Birling is questioned? In directing the drama how would you bring out the drama?

The play of Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley is made dramatic because it is all about an investigation of a suicide and how each family member is responsible. That is the whole aim of the play (in the Inspectors words): “We are all responsible for each other.”

The theme of the play is affected by when the play was produced in 1946, after World War Two when the Welfare
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He does this in a way that is full of authority which adds to his dramatic personality.

Mrs Birling changes dramatically in this section because as the inspector starts to question her, her replies show that she is confident and proud: “Yes, we’ve done a great deal of useful work in helping deserving cases.” When the Inspector asks her about the name Eva used to approach the charity, her reply to the Inspector shows she is certain that she is innocent: “I think it was simply a piece of gross impertinence – quite deliberate – and naturally that was on of the things that prejudiced me against her case.” At this point Mrs Birling could also fold her arms as she says this and look very smug. By doing this, she can express the feeling that she is pleased with herself and is not regretting her decision. However, as the Inspector begins to discuss her reasons for refusing to help Eva, Mrs Birling chooses not to answer: “I don’t think we need to discuss it.” I would direct the actress to look hard at the Inspector and slightly raise her voice as if she was giving him an order. Further on when the Inspector suggests that Mrs Birling’s committee should have helped Eva, she is stubborn and still insists that what she did was right: “The girl asked for assistance. We were asked to look carefully upon the claims made upon us. I wasn’t satisfied with the girls
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