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An Inspector Calls

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An Inspector Calls In the play 'An Inspector Calls,' J.B Priestley uses a number of dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas about society at that time, to the audience, as well as interest and involve them in this play. Priestley creates tension through dramatic irony, the lighting changes on stage, stage directions and characters entrances and exits to engage the audience in the drama. The audience becomes more involved in the drama because they know more than the characters on stage, which is an example of dramatic irony. Like when Mr Birling says; 'The Germans don't want war' And; 'The Titanic, forty six thousand eight hundred tons - and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable.' This makes the audience feel superior as they think Birling is foolish and arrogant. The Inspector, who is the voice of J.B Priestley, is trying to teach the Birling family that with wealth comes responsibility. The Birlings are a wealthy upper middle class family who live well merely because he owns a factory, and he wants to keep the workers pay down to keep the profits up. 'They wanted the rates raised' 'I refused of course' Priestley's main concern is that there is too great gap between the rich and the poor. ...read more.


This makes the audience wonder. An inspector enters the dining room, the lighting and the atmosphere changes. The lights are brightened and you can see everyone's face clearly. Mr Birling speaks in a manner to the inspector of power and control. He offers the inspector a drink of port, the inspector refuses and explains he's on duty. 'No thank you Mr Birling, I'm on duty.' Mr Birling is trying to show his power by trying to intimidate him and boasting about being lord mayor for two years running, and that he knows the police very well. 'I know the Brumley police very well.' The inspector isn't very intimidated; he then mentions the name Eva Smith. At first Mr Birling doesn't recognise the name, he thinks about where he has heard it from. 'Eva Smith?' The inspector decides to show Birling a picture of Eva knowing that he will remember her from that. Eric then asks to look at the photo, the inspector refuses, and this is to get control over the family. This builds up more tension for the audience; they would be wondering why he can't show Eric the photo, this is another dramatic device by Priestley to create mystery and suspense. ...read more.


So he gets up and makes himself a drink, this suggests that he is hiding something. The inspector and Eric exit the room, this leaves Sheila and Gerald to talk alone. Sheila has a change of heart and decides to question Gerald about this, who is trying to deny any relation to the girl. 'All right I know her, let's leave it at that.' Gerald then decides to tell Sheila the truth about what happened when he was away all summer, that he was having an affair with Daisy, he tries to convince Sheila not to tell the inspector but she think that he already knows. 'You fool - he knows, of course he knows.' Sheila responds to all of this with a load of questions, and she now knows herself that she's got a lot to think about and learn in her family, and that the inspector is teaching them all a lesson. The inspector comes back into the room, he says just one word this makes it a dramatic ending to Act one. 'Well?' We have learnt a great deal about the Birling family that they have a lot to learn about each other and not jus to sweep everything under the carpet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Camilla Green - 1 - ...read more.

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