B Priestly creates dramatic tension in â€˜An Inspector Callsâ€™?.
â€˜An Inspector Callsâ€™ written and created by J.B Priestly, the play is based on trust and responsibility, taking responsibility for your own actions. That actions people take can be wrong and lead to bad things happening. The play is written and set just before World War 1 in an upper class family.
At the beginning of the play Mr Birling is having a celebration engagement party for his daughter Sheila who is to be married to Gerald. To Mr Birling, This engagement means the joining together of two rival companies.
To the audience they all seem to be having a good time, they are all listening to speeches by their father and Gerald. They all seem content and excited about the future, not at all unsure. We also get this feeling later on when Mr Birling talks about the war and how itâ€™s a load of nonsense, â€œNonsense nobody wants warâ€. The tension begins to rise when you realise that Geraldâ€™s parents are not present at dinner, which is strange seeing as it is his engagement party. The thing that we never find out during this story is why they are not present. Even though everything is going well there is a sense of unease in the way they talk.
In the speech that Mr Birling gave to the family he says there will be no war. The Germans donâ€™t want war; nobody wants war, except some half-civilised folks in the Balkinsâ€. But we (the audience) know that there is going to be a war. Throughout his speech there is one phase that he keeps saying before everything he says â€œas a hard â€“ headed businessmanâ€¦â€ .
At this point he leaves the room and ventures on to the balcony with Gerald smoking a cigar. When the men are alone they change the subject to business and start drinking port. Arthur tells Gerald in strict confidence from the rest of the family, about his mother Lady Croft.