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An inspector calls coursework How does priestly use dramatic devices to build tension in "An inspector calls"? In the play "an inspector calls" priestly uses dramatic devices which creates tension for the audience. For example dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is used a lot in the play as well as priestly use of dialogue. The play was set in 1912 but was not written until 1946. The reason for this is because priestly is trying to send the audience a message. The message was that in the play he seems to be asking what kind of society are we trying to save? Arthur Birling is quite a rich man, he and his family live an upper class life. He is shocked when the inspector turns up to see him. "An inspector? What kind of inspector?" Mr birling tries to impress the inspector but he is cut short. His attitude changes when he finds out that the inspector is here for everyone. Even then Mr Birling will still not take any reasonability for what has happened. We know this because Mr Birling says "you didn't come here just to see me then?" ...read more.

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This creates tension because priestly ends the acts just as the audience are about to learn important information. This keeps them in suspense until the next act begins. There is a big climax at the end of the play when the Birlings receive a telephone call saying that a young girl is dead "it's the police. A girl has just died on her way to the infirmary after swallowing some disinfectant." This creates tension for the audience because they will want to know what happens and how they will deal with a real police investigation. Priestly's use of dialogue and stage directions throughout the play creates tension for the audience. For example the stage directions in act 1 "the other four exchange bewildered and perturbed glances". This creates discomfort for the audience as they know the characters don't know what they are involved in and it is a huge surprise for the characters. There are a lot of stage directions focusing on body language, for example "Birling......goes out, closing the door sharply behind him. Gerald and Eric exchange uneasy glances. ...read more.

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Another example of detective genre is plausible setting. Priestly has chosen to set his play in the past which makes it more believable to the audience, because it has already happened and the audience knows this. For example when Mr birling says "the titanic-she sales next week and unsinkable". This creates humour for the audience because they know the titanic has already sunk. Also priestly would have known what the class system was like in 1912 so is able to give an accurate portrayal of the situation with Eva smith and how the other characters treated her. Priestly also uses the dramatic device of dramatic irony. A good example of this is when the inspector says "yes sir. Only recently transferred." This suggests to that the audience that he is not a real inspector even though there is no proof; the audience is still suspicious of the inspector. Throughout the play the audience is more convinced he is not a real inspector. The audience is waiting for the characters to realize. Finally they realize at the end of act 3 when Gerald says "the man wasn't a police officer". This creates tension because the audience has been waiting for the characters to find out the inspector is not real and to see there reaction ...read more.

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