How JB Priestley Creates a Moral Message in An Inspector Calls
This play is much like a detective story as it includes a great number
of 'ingredients' that a detective story would have, such as the fact
there is a detective in the play,Inspector Goole.There is a victim,
Eva Smith or Daisy Renton. There are many suspects. Money and
relationships are also included in the play, especially when Eric was
involved, all of these are key in a real detective story. This play
might not be classed as a detective story as there is no real murder
and no real suspects, the whole familly helped to drive Eva/Daisy to
Also the inspector says very little an makes the
famliy confess a lot, this is a good way of keeping the audience
Throughout the play a number of scenes end on cliffhangers, this is a
good way of Priestly creating tension and keeping the audience
interested. This is especially effective at the end of act two when
the inspector is getting Gerald to confess to how he knew Eva/Daisy,
this helps hold suspense between the two secnes.
Tension is also caused in the family when Sheila finds out her fiancee
Gerald was having an affair with this woman, and just moments before
the inspector turned up the family were celebrating the engagement of
the couple. The lighting creates a harsh tense atmosphere when the
inspector walks in the room, the lighting goes from soft to brighter
and harder. This would have an impresion on the audience as the family
is being interriegated by this strange inspector.
All of the action only taking place in one room holds a great amount
of tension throughout the play as charachters enter and leave the room
when the interrigation gets too tough or the inspector simply does not
need thier help. This is also effective when Gerald leaves the house
as he is not seen again until he re-enters the house.
Priestly ends the play on a cliffhanger, as the phone call to the
Birlings house reporting the suicide of the girl as if the inspector
never came, also when Gerald returns home he tells the family that the
local station have not heard of an Inspector Goole, this would leave
the audience wanting to watch more and find out the end of the story
but instead they have to make up their on decisions about the strange
happenings in the Birling household.
The end of the play twists this story into a strange play, this could
be why it is not classed as a real detective story, there is no murder
and there are multiple suspects that all helped kill the girl and also
the audience could belive that the inspector was not a real person and
that there was some other explantion to the play.
In this play I feel that it is not a real detective story as Priestly
is also trying to get across a message to the audience, also not all
of the relevant points are included to make the play a 'real'
detective story, for instance there is no murder and no killer. A girl
commits suicide, but from the actions of others, therefore it is
almost like they have killed her.
I feel the Priestly is trying...