Tension In Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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Priestley uses stage directions, props, staging and actions to bring out tension on stage.
This kind of technique is effective in increasing tension because it can convey the atmosphere of the scene, important information about the characters and show the audience what the characters are feeling.
At the beginning of Inspector Calls, Priestley lists a long series of stage directions. He applies them skilfully and effectively as dramatic technique and uses them to show the audience that the Birlings are cold, distant people, blinded by capitalism and wealth.
He shows the wealth and comfort of the family through the props and staging, mentioning the ‘dining room of a fairly large suburban house’, ‘dessert plates’ and ‘champagne glasses’ as well
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