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The first scene I have chosen is the one where the Inspector begins his questioning of MrBirling I feel that Priestley is successful in creating dramatic tension in this scene in a number of ways The characters themselves how they see themselves and what they think of themselves adds to the tension of the scene Birling sees himself as a hard headed business man who has learnt in the good hard school of experience He believes that a man should look after himself and his own he has contempt and a condescending attitude toward the lower classes and his work force seeing them only has cheap labour for his factories An example of this contempt can be seen when Birling says and I quote Obviously it has nothing to do with that wretched girls suicide So when the Inspector one of a lower class is found to be an incorruptible force of good who takes control of the situation MrBirlings relaxed and condescending manner becomes aggressive and angry has he finds himself a person of high social position having to defend his actions I dont see we need to tell the inspector anything more Another example of MrBirling defending his actions is Well its my duty to keep labour costs down It is MrBirlings reaction to the Inspectors control of the situation that successfully adds dramatic tension to the scene The language and style used by Priestley also affects the dramatic tension of the scene We are told that the Inspector speaks carefully weightily His instructions and questions help him to control the situation but also to develop the plot and storyline adding layer upon layer of information each giving more tension to the over all scene The length of his sentences add to the drama some very short sentences and even one word responses Then Id prefer you to stay Quite so emphasise what he is saying and give a threatening and
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