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How does J.B Priestley use language, structure and staging to illustrate the impact of the
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J.B Priestley was born on 13th September 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire. He left school at the
age of sixteen to fulfil his ambition of becoming a writer rather than pursuing…

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However, this is confirmed when the Inspector arrives as the stage directions indicate the
lighting should be 'brighter and harder' which gives an impression of exposure. Here, the
audience can…

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think. Otherwise, when change comes about, it would be much harder for people like Mr
Birling to accept the new concepts of women being either house-wives or bread winners.

Similarly,…

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twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited.' These words, `rather exited' suggest
the character of Sheila as a young woman who is naïve. The word, `pleased' suggests Sheila
enjoying…

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We are shown the impact of the Inspector on Sheila as she says, 'No he's giving us the rope
so that we'll hang ourselves.' She says this in response…

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How does J.B Priestley use language, structure and staging to illustrate the impact of the
inspector on the Birling family?



this, we can infer the impact of the Inspector's interrogation or rather the doings of Eric on
Mrs Birling. The ellipses show her state of mind as she is left…

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How does J.B Priestley use language, structure and staging to illustrate the impact of the
inspector on the Birling family?




The impact of the Inspector's interrogation is shown on Mr Birling when he says, `There'll be
a public scandal.' His only concerns appear to retaining his social status and avoiding…

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officer named Goole in the local police force. He realises that it may not have been the same
girl as they were all shown pictures separately and he finds from…

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How does J.B Priestley use language, structure and staging to illustrate the impact of the
inspector on the Birling family?



in a position where she tries to excuse herself from any accusation but end up blaming her
own son whch automatically shows the audience, the Inspector omniscience. The audience
begin…

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