Improving your paragraphs
At the end of the play, there is the inspector’s speech. He talks about “fire and blood and anguish”. This is dramatic, and the audience would be afraid.
Improved Example 1:
At the end of the play, the inspector gives his final, emotive speech. This runs in parallel and direct contrast to Mr Birling’s speech in Act 1. He uses the phrase “fire and blood and anguish” to shock the characters, and to connect to the theme of punishment. It is religious imagery as it refers to hell. This is dramatic, and the audience would expect the characters to be shocked and afraid. The build up of these negative images shows the extent of the punishment if people refuse to change, according to the Inspector. A 1946 audience, when the play was first produced, would refer this directly to their experience of WW2, which would increase its emotional impact. For a 21st C audience, the impact may be slightly less, although it is still a powerful speech.
Also, at the end of the play, there is a telephone call. This is dramatic and important, because it shocks the characters, and it shows the theme of responsibility.
TASK: Improve Example 2 by considering:
1.Phrasing – make it sound critical, rather than as if you’re having a chat
2.Dramatic devices – subject terminology should be embedded
3.Context – what historical factors are related, and help us understand Priestley’s message, and how the audience might respond (in 1946, and today)?
The production we saw was the 2016 production directed by Stephen Daldry.