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An inspector calls.

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An inspector calls In the play 'An inspector calls' by JB priestly, there are a range of dramatic devices used, you can see foreshadowing; where the characters hint at things that you see or learn later. There are the entrances and exit; the dramatic ways that these are used. Also the climatic curtain is used, leaving the readers on a cliff hanger. And finally dramatic irony and denouement are used. All these dramatic devices add up to a brilliant play, about a family who are having a quite night in, when they are disturbed at the dinner table, by a police inspector directing an inquiry on a girl's suicide, and as the story unravels we learn about each characters part to play. This play contains some early foreshadowing from the three characters, Eric, Gerald and Sheila. This is where there are little things that hint at important information to come later in the play. We do not however see any foreshadowing from Mr or Mrs Birling. Near the beginning of the play we learn that Eric has a drinking problem when it says, "ERIC suddenly guffaws" then Sheila says, "Now - what's the joke" and Eric replies, "I don't know - really. ...read more.


Just as they finish talking the inspector enters and says, "Well?" The audience and characters are now suspicious that the inspector knows more than he is letting on. The third entrance is made by Eric, and marks the end of act2. The other characters had just learnt that Eric was the person who had caused Eva Smith to commit suicide, Mr. and Mrs. Birling are both in shock after hearing this news, when Eric enters the room, then the curtain falls. This leaves the audience on a cliff hanger, they want to know what is going to happen to Eric, and what he has to say. The final dramatic exit is the inspectors (Page56). He gives them a speech about what they had done, and about how easy it is to do a very small thing to someone that can affect their whole life, then he leaves, letting them think about what he said, and what they had done. For an audience of 1945 (when the play was written) up to present day, this play would have seemed a bit ironic in places, this is called dramatic irony. Early on in the play (Pages 6, 7) ...read more.


I know I did. I'm ashamed of it." This shows that Sheila feels partially responsible for Eva's death and has obviously learnt from this experience. Also Eric fells partially responsible for Eva's death as well as shown here when Eric says, "...You lot may be letting yourselves out nicely, but I can't." This shows that he felt responsible for Eva's death and couldn't let himself off the hook, he felt very bad, and had learnt not to mess around with women and hurt them, because it can really damage them emotionally. Finally the audience can learn from this experience. We can learn about what can happen from a small thing that you may do to someone, we learn about the huge affect it can have on their lives. This will make the audience think about anytime that they might have made someone fell bad by doing something to them, and regretting it, and hopefully understanding what can happen. To conclude, this play is a very mysterious play. It is full of dramatic devices, of suspense and twists. The play would be bland and boring without these, and JB Priestly uses them in the perfect places, and in the perfect way to create a brilliant play from beginning to end. ...read more.

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