How is tension created in Act 3 of ‘An Inspector Calls’ and how it would be shown on stage production? ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a twentieth century drama written by J.B. Priestly in 1947 but takes place in 1912. This story is about the Birling family celebrating their daughter, Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft. A few pages into the story, an Inspector called Goole which means ‘spirit in death’ interrogates the family and the story of Eva’s death unfolds. As it progresses each character realises their connection to her tragic death. Behind this story there are many meanings or points that Priestly wanted to get across, especially his views on socialists and capitalists. A socialist is somebody who believes in and supports socialism or socialists party. Inspector Goole’s character portrays Priestly’s views on socialists but on the other hand Mr Birling is against the ideas of. So far Mr Birling, Sheila Birling and Gerald have admitted knowing Eva Smith. We know that Mr Birling sacked her after she was one of the main perpetrators of a strike at his factory. We also found out that Sheila admitted to forcing Eva’s boss in to sacking her while she was working at Milwards and Gerald admitted to having an affair with a girl called Daisy Renton who had changed her name from Eva Smith. One of the dramatic devices that Priestley uses in the last few pages of act 2 is the punctuation that is used to convey a tone or an expression. For example on page 48, when a hyphen is used at the end of a sentence. This shows that the inspector, which emphasises the point that the inspector is being serious, has cut off Mrs Birling


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