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An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls Introduction In Act One of the play An Inspector Calls, the author J.B. Priestly uses many dramatic devices such as dramatic irony, tension, contrast, tone (the changes in the characters), lighting and sound effects. These devices are used to convey Priestly's concerns and opinions to the members of the audience. Dramatic devices are also used to make the audience become interested in the play and to make the audience involved. The play is set in the year 1912 but it was first preformed in 1945. This impotent because the audience know what will happen but the characters of the play don't. It also makes the audience more involved and interested in the play. This play is set in the year 1912 this at a time when many people are voting for the socialists. The Birling family is against the socialist because it means they will have to share their wealth and help look after each other. ...read more.


But the audience know war will happen. This makes the audience lose trust in Birling's and question his judgment. Another time when Priestly uses irony is when Birling talks about the Titanic. He describes the Titanic as "unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable" (Page 7). This also makes the audience lose faith in Birling's and question his way of thinking. Mr Birling tells Gerald he is in line for knighthood and tells him "so long as we behave ourselves, don't get into the police court or start a scandal" (Page 8). This ironic because the Birling family is all ready in a scandal. In this play there is a lot of tension as each member of the family is found to have played a part in Eva's death. The tension is also increased when each character revels a dark secret. New pieces of information contribute to the story being constructed and build up and image of what caused Eva Smith's to commit suicide. ...read more.


The "sharp ring" (Page 10) symbolises the sharp lesson the Birling family are about to be taught. Through out the play new characters are introduced, this has many effects on the rest of the characters. One of the effects are, each member of the family wants to know how the other characters are involved with the death of Eva Smith . Through out the play characters leave the stage, this is used to further the plot. The end of the act leaves the audience on a cliff-hanger because the audience want to know more about Eva Smith's death. This increases tension very dramatically. This also arouses interest in the audience. This is dew to the fact the audience want to find out what is going on! A lot of Act One is ironic in retrospect; this reinforces the message of helping and looking after other people. Conclusion During Act One the playwright changes our opinion of Birling family using dramatic devices such as: stage directions, dramatic contrast, subtle hints, dramatic irony and tension. My opinion about the Birling family changes form being a rich well respected family. ...read more.

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