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english- An inspector calls watch

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    What does the dashes and stage directions in an inspector calls represent ?

    stage directions are used at the beginning of the play to give information about the set; it tells us that the Birlings are well off and middle class [itis ‘a fairly solid suburban house’ with ‘good solid furniture’ which is ‘substantial and heavily comfortable’ rather than cosy] stage directions are used at the beginning of the play to give information about characters; Priestley tells us not only about their appearance butalso about their character [Birling is ‘heavy-looking’ and ‘rather portentous’ (it means self-important or pompous); Mrs Birling is ‘rather cold’, Sheila isa ‘pretty girl...very pleased with life and rather excited’; Gerald is an ‘attractive chap’ whilst Eric is ‘not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive’;

    when theinspector enters, we are told that he ‘has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking’]

     stage directions are widely used to give information about the feelings or actions of the characters which would help the actors playing the characters[‘bitterly’, ‘distressed’, ‘after a pause, with a touch of impatience’, ‘massively taking charge’]

     Priestley frequently makes use of the dash – to show a character’s emotional state; the dash represents the fact that the character is speaking in adisjointed rather than a flowing and articulate way [see Sheila’s speech on page 29 and Eric’s on p.55]
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