Dramatic Tension in An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly Essay

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How does J.B. Priestly create dramatic tension in An Inspector Calls? In "An Inspector Calls," dramatic, tension is created in many ways. First of all is Conflict. There is conflict within the family initially. This is mainly in the generations; Mr Birling isn't particularly proud of his son Eric and so he isn't as kind to him as he is to other members of the family. Just keep quiet Eric. As you can see, he doesn't really respect him at all. This is what Mr. Birling says to Eric after Eric asks if it was because of Mr. Birling firing Eva that she committed suicide. Rubbish! If you don't come down sharply on some of these people, they'd soon be asking for the earth. This is Mr. Birling's response after Eric tells him…show more content…
He feels that he is a member of the family and to be treated with respect, unlike Eric. You're just the kind of son-in-law I always wanted. This is more of a genuine remark of liking to Gerald than it is a mocking of Eric. If it had said '...kind of son I always wanted.' Then it would have been very harsh on Eric and maybe a bit too mean, even for Mr. Birling, so this shows that he has still got compassion for Eric. Nearer the end, once they have all told their own stories, the family starts to blame each other for the death of Eva. This is another example of family conflict. At the very end of the play, it is the older generation members of the family who take the events in their stride and the younger members are shocked and quite disgusted. Next, there is conflict between the family and the inspector: Mr. Birling gets quite angry with the inspector: (Angrily) Look here inspector, I consider this uncalled-for and officious. I've half a mind to report you. This is showing how Mr. Birling does not like the inspector at all and that he doesn't want to disclose any more information about the matters discussed. Mr. Birling feels that the inspector is putting the blame of the death of Eva upon him alone. He obviously doesn't like this as he feels that he had to fire Eva, that he had no choice. All the way through the play, Mr. Birling dislikes the inspector. Later on in the play, Sheila and Mrs. Birling also dislike the
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