This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Act 1: How Does Priestley Create A Sense Of Unease And Suggest That Mr Birling’s Optimism Is Unfounded?

840 words - 4 pages

Act 1: - How does Priestley create a sense of unease and suggest that Mr Birling’s optimism is unfounded?

As Act 1 of An Inspector Calls continues we see that Arthur Birling seems to be a confident and powerful man who is clearly anxious to be seen as a successful businessman and the head of his family. He is apparently very pleased with the way life is turning out for him and the other Birlings.

Priestley sets the play in 1912 but it was first performed in 1945. He quite deliberately proceeds to make Mr Birling speak, in these first scenes of An Inspector Calls of events which the audience would know all about. A lot of what he dismisses as ‘wild talk’ and ‘nonsense’ actually ...view middle of the document...

The blind optimism shown here by Birling results in even stronger dramatic irony. As this is such a major misjudgment by Birling the sense that something in his life is about to go wrong without him foreseeing it, is further increased.

Another example of Priestley’s use of dramatic irony to create a sense of unease is the reference to the Titanic. Birling uses the ship as an example of man’s great technological advances. He specifically says that it is “absolutely unsinkable” and reels of it’s qualities and statistics, saying “That’s what you’ve got to keep your eye on, facts like that’ not the words of ‘scaremongers.’ This shows the audience that Birling has an arrogant side to him, one that may result in problems for him and those close to him further into the play. This example of his over optimistic outlook, yet again, builds a sense of unease in the scene as well as in the audience’s view of the family’s prospects.

Birling’s optimism is founded on his success and wealth; he does repeatedly stress how hard he has worked and how experienced in business he is. It is however, his anxiety about his social status that underpins this pompous optimism and dismissal of problems. He is very presumptuous. This is shown when he makes it clear...

Other Papers Like Act 1: - How Does Priestley Create a Sense of Unease and Suggest That Mr Birling’s Optimism Is Unfounded?

How Far Does a Study of 1855-1964 Suggest That, Following the Revolution of 1917, the Russian People Simply Exchanged One Form of Authoritarianism for Another?

1234 words - 5 pages How far does a study of 1855-1964 suggest that,following the revolution of 1917, the Russian people simply exchanged one form of authoritarianism for another? Once the February revolution brought an end to Tsarist rule, there was a strong belief that the introduction of the Provisional Government would lead to a more democratic Russia. However in deposing the Provisional Government, the October Revolution had removed any such hope. The

How Does Shakespeare Show Juliet's Increasing Sense of Isolation in Act 3 Scene 5?

1857 words - 8 pages 'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic play about love and it's effects. The main characters are Romeo and Juliet, a pair of teenagers, that fall in love, but they are from Rival families; the Monatgues and Capulets. They seek help from various adults such as Friar Lawrence and the Nurse, who all let her down in some way. In Act 3 Scene 5, Shakespeare shows Juliet's increasing sense of isolation in various different ways. Romeo meets with Juliet

How Does Shakespeare Show the Different Moods and Feelings of Beatrice and Benedick in Act 2 Scene 1 and Act 4 Scene 1?

694 words - 3 pages How does Shakespeare show the different moods and feelings of Beatrice and Benedick in act 2 Scene 1 and Act 4 scene 1? Shakespeare demonstrates Beatrice and Benedick's relationship as intricate and diverse so in this essay I'm going to delve into their relationship and different moods and emotions. The character of Beatrice is introduced as bright and having a Sharp-tongue in act two scene one. She is already shown sharp-witted and mocks

As a Director Discuss the Effects That You Would Like to Create Through Your Presentation of the Brief Relationship Between Lady Agatha and Mr Hopper

757 words - 4 pages the two. By stressing how fast the proposal came about allows the audience to see Lady Agatha as the typical victorian woman as her only concern is to get married, under the influence of her mother. I would like to continue this stress throughout the sections in which we briefly see the relationship in order to mock the way that the upper class see ‘love’ and how naive the first stages of a relationship are. I would cast Lady Agatha as a petite

How far do the sources suggest that Florence Nightingale did ‘not help the side’ in the Crimean War (Source 1, lines 2-3). Explain your answer using the evidence of Source 1, 2 and 3 (20 marks)

632 words - 3 pages the Crimean war, although this is unreliable for use as evidence as it is merely a sketch, and furthermore one person only drew it, so it is a mere single opinion and hence unreliable for use as evidence when taking into consideration the general opinion. In conclusion, Source 1 does highly suggest that Florence Nightingale did ‘not help the side’ in the Crimean War. Sources 2 and 3 however suggest that Florence Nightingale did help the side

How Far Do Sources 1 and 2 Suggest That the Young Henry Viii Saw the Nobility as His Friends and Supporters?

724 words - 3 pages their own estates. Sources 1 and 2 give varying views on whether or not Henry VIII regarded them as his friends and supporters. Source 1 comes from a description of the festivities enjoyed by Henry and his ‘friends’ at Court in 1510. This source gives much evidence to suggest that Henry very much regarded the nobility as his friends. This can be seen through the description of the antics that Henry and co. took part in. They are said to have

How Does Shakespeare Present Conflict in Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘Romeo and Juliet’? How Does This Compare to Conflict Presented in ‘the Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘the Man He Killed’?

1853 words - 8 pages How does Shakespeare present conflict in Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘Romeo and Juliet’? How does this compare to conflict presented in ‘The Charge of The Light Brigade’ and ‘The Man He Killed’? William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Man He Killed’ share similarities and differences within their works. In this essay, I will be exploring the main theme of conflict

Exploring The Ways That Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 Of Romeo And Juliet Dramatically Effective

2895 words - 12 pages Exploring the Ways that Shakespeare Makes Act 1 Scene 5 of Romeo and Juliet Dramatically Effective Romeo and Juliet is a tragic love story, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love but soon find out that their love is forbidden as they are from separate houses, the Montague and Capulet houses. They have to hide their love from their parent, problem a rise which causes death for both of the lovers and friends. There are many

Romeo And Juliet; How Do The Events In Act 3 Scene 1 Change The Outcome Of The Play? And How Does This Reflect On The Love And Hate Theme?

1372 words - 6 pages between their love, this convinces Juliet that they are in love. After a few other small moments of tension, mostly involving Paris' love for Juliet, Romeo and Juliet marry at the end of Act 2. This act would leave the audience with a huge sense of relief and happiness as there now is every reason to think the play will end 'happily ever after'. This view will inevitably change during the course of Act 3 scene 1.Act 3 scene 1 is a major fight scene and

Many of the Fears That the Government and Media Have Fed to the Public Are Unfounded

917 words - 4 pages wealth, resources and freedom to actually make a difference on a global scale. We cannot let these institutions scare us into picking a side, especially since many of the fears that the government and media have fed to us are unfounded. 95% at christmas island detention centre after rigorous testing, have been found to qualify as refugees appropriately seeking asylum Less than 1% are able to be settled throug the formal channels in the UN

How Does Shakespeare Create Dislike of, and Sympathy for, Macbeth Throughout the Play

1223 words - 5 pages How does Shakespeare create dislike of, and sympathy for, Macbeth throughout the play? Shakespeare creates dislike of Macbeth by making him murder those who were important in his life. Not only did this make him a tyrant, killing made him feel guilt to an extent where it drove him mad. Sympathy was also created for Macbeth several times during the play, such as when Lady Macbeth commits suicide and when Macbeth seemed to lose who he truly was

Related Essays

How Does Priestley Present Mr Birling

626 words - 3 pages In an inspector calls Priestley presents Mr Birling as being a successful business man who is ruthless. He is also very proud and boasts lots to make him have more social authority. Another reason is that Priestley is very optimistic. Moreover he is very selfish and only cares about himself and his family. Mr Birling comes across as being a successful business man who is ruthless. For example he plays golf with Chief Constable Colonel Roberts

How Does Tennessee Williams Suggest That Blanche Is Being ‘Torn Away’ From Her ‘Chosen Image’ Within Scenes 7 And 8?

698 words - 3 pages How does Tennessee Williams suggest that Blanche is being ‘torn away’ from her ‘chosen image’ within Scenes 7 and 8? The playwright Tennessee Williams effectively suggests that Blanche is being ‘torn away’ away from her chosen image through the use of language, form, and structure, hence creating and building tragedy. Williams builds this climax of Blanche being ‘torn away’ from her chosen image within scenes 7 and 8, which I will be exploring

How Does Miller Create And Maintain Tension In Act Ii Of ‘The Crucible’

2710 words - 11 pages Act ends while tension remains very high, John is violent and threatening towards Mary, ‘we are only what we always were, but naked now,’ this relates to the theme of the play, how characters are revealed under pressure, also in a threatening tone he says, ‘God’s icy wind will blow,’ he mentions providence, it gives a sense that their tragic fate is sealed. With the aid of Miller’s skilled use of dramatic devices, an effective visual picture is

Explore The Ways In Which Priestley Presents Mr. Birling In Act 1

1517 words - 7 pages socialist ideas that stress the importance of the community are “nonsense” and that “a man has to make his own way”. Exits and entrances are cleverly used to create dramatic tension. With some characters being unaware of what has happened whilst they were out of the room, for example the entrance of the Inspector shortly after Birling has made his pompous speeches. To conclude, J.B Priestley presents Mr Birling in Act One in many different ways