Message of the play-text and performance text



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Message of the play-text and performance text:





"We are responsible for each other.

And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night.

- Inspector Goole

Simply put: Priestley and Stephen Daldry both wanted the audience to learn the lesson that a “bad society ” causes “bad consequences”.



bad society = “inequality” or

“not taking responsibility for each other (i.e., only caring about yourself)”.



Bad consequences = War, suffering and a bad atmosphere to live in.



Things to look for in the performance text that help deliver this message:

  1. Things that show a bad society: such as having in it bad people such as the Birlings, or inequality.





  2. Things that suggest that war is coming as a consequence of a bad society.

  3. Things that create an unsettling atmosphere in order to show this as a consequence of a bad society.
  1. By showing these things side-by-side, the audience can work out that it's the things in the bad society (such as inequality and selfishness) which creates bad consequences (such as war and an anxious atmosphere).







  2. Essay introductions:



  3. All Essays start:



  4. The performance I am going to write about in this essay is “An Inspector Calls”, written by J.B. Priestley and directed by Stephen Daldry with the National Theatre. I saw this performance in November, 2015.







  5. Purpose/Message:



  6. <-- Quote!



  7. Both Priestley and Daldry wanted to show that bad society (such as inequality or irresponsibility between people) created bad consequences (such as war, or an unsettling atmosphere).



  8. I will show how [directing] and [sound] both help communicate this message by either highlighting a bad society, or showing the bad consequences/atmosphere of this society. By showing these things side-by-side, the audience can work out that it's the things in the bad society which creates bad consequences.



  9. Atmosphere:



  10. In this essay I will argue that many unpleasant atmospheres are created in this performance. I will argue that these are mostly created through the performance-text referring to Film Noir. The imagery used in Film Noir in cinema is designed to unsettle the audience, so when they use it in An Inspector Calls it automatically creates an unsettling atmosphere and people also associate the imagery with unsettling events. I will also argue other atmospheres are created too, such as a sombre, angry and relieved atmosphere.




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