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An Inspector Calls

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Introduction

In Act One of 'An Inspector Calls' how does J.B. Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play? J.B. Priestley had many concerns, especially towards capitalists and their ways. Priestley himself was a socialist, believing in people sharing what they have and for everyone to be equal, the concerns he tries to portray in An Inspector Calls are that capitalists are the opposite of this, working for profit for themselves. Priestley incorporates himself in the play as the Inspector; they both share the same views and visions as one another. The Inspector wants to show the Birlings that the way they live and their attitudes towards other people should change as they are self-centred and arrogant of what other people have to say, refusing to accept they may be wrong. This is a message that Priestley reiterates throughout the play and continually questions capitalists. ...read more.

Middle

This is why the dates 1912 and 1945 are important so the contrast can be seen. A sense of uneasiness is built up as Priestley does this very subtlety; enticing the audience as the story progresses. This was quite typical for people within this time period of which the book is based; they were sometimes too confident that they would not be prepared for when something does go wrong, and when it does they are unsure of what to do. This is one of Priestley's concerns about capitalists. This is presented through Birling and the way he gets angry at the Inspector, his aggressiveness is a form of defence. All of this makes a mockery out of those who support capitalism and Priestley is portraying his own views and opinions about them which are clearly negative. Another dramatic device is lighting and Priestley used it very well. At the beginning of the play it is "pink and intimate" suggesting a perhaps calm, home-like feel. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is ironic as Birling struggles to do what he has, just minutes previously, told Gerald. This is also satirising capitalists as Priestley yet again displays them as self-centred and big-headed, not being able to cope with a situation that they would punish others for. Overall, I think that Priestley used dramatic devices very well to convey his concerns to the audience and that his message is still relevant today. In order for people to succeed, they must work together for a better quality of life instead of working solely for themselves. However, a socialist world would not work as there would always be people wanting to make money for themselves and perhaps, in an ideal world, socialism would be the path that everyone follows, but in reality, this would not happen as people would not be willing to give up what they have earned and would feel as though they are losing their individuality by sharing everything with everyone, being in different classes to what they currently are. So in all, even though Priestley is right in many of his views such as against capitalism, in the real world, socialism would not succeed. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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