The Start Of Act 1 Of "An Inspector Calls" Is Important In Terms Of Setting The Scene And Establishing The Characters. Discuss.

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Every beginning, whether of a play or a book, has to have a very captivating and attention-grabbing opening scene. This is so that the reader can continue watching the play or reading the book without getting bored. The playwright's first job is to make sure that the start is good enough to captivate the audience's attention. J.B. Priestley does this by letting an air of mystery surround the audience as to why the Birlings are having a party for a special occasion.The mood is very joyful because Arthur Birling, who is usually described as a "hard-headed businessman" is most relaxed and laid back. Yet, as he begins to make the toast, it shows how much of a money minded man he is. This is because even the slightest thing to him including his daughter's marriage is a business deal. He completely fails to see it as a matter of love and this can be supported by, "You're just the kind of son-in-law I've always wanted...and now you've brought us together"- 'us' being Gerald's father's company and Birling's company. The matter is strictly business to Birling, and nothing to do with his daughter's happiness. This gives a clear view on how his character will react to Inspector Goole and the death of Eva Smith further on in the play.J.B. Priestley has created Birling to depict his own views on certain things such as social conscience. He deliberately makes Arthur Birling to reflect his personal views on life that he doesn't agree with. When Birling mentions "Your father and I are friendly rivals in business...and now you've brought us together" (pg. 4) in his speech, it automatically allows the audience to link this with the stage direction of Birling being hard-headed and as if his world revolves only around his work and his business.Birling thinks that a man should always take care of himself which J.B. Priestley decides to contradict through making the audience feel like Birling is too selfish and shrewd to notice that everyone else around him (apart from his wife) disagrees with him. Mr. Birling represents Priestley's hatred for businessmen who are only interested in making money. It just shows that Birling will never alter his mistakes.During the start, everyone is drinking and very joyful. When Sheila mentions "I'd hate you to know all about port- like one of these purple faced old men" (pg. 2) , Priestley is giving a hint that she already disagrees with her father's views even if she does it jokingly.In addition to that, Mrs Birling tells Edna that she will "ring from the drawing room". From this, it shows the Birlings as being a wealthy family, that they have many servants and a bell in each of the servants' rooms to ring them if necessary. It is a sign of being upper class and very aristocratic.When Gerald mentions to Sheila that he was away for most of last summer because he was "busy at the works", Sheila doesn't believe him because J.B. Priestley has put the 'you' in italic. This puts emphasis on the word and even though Sheila does it half...

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