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An Inspector Calls - Act 1

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How does JB Priestly use language and dramatic techniques to create tension and suspense whilst delivering a message to the audience in Act 1 of An Inspector Calls. JB Priestly uses a wide variety of language and dramatic techniques to create the feeling of tension and suspense among the audience to enhance the delivery of the socialist message and engage the audience in Act 1 of An Inspector Calls. Throughout the play Priestly continuously employs the use of dramatic irony, as well as creating contrasting lighting atmospheres and creates a variety of effects using different props and characters. The play was written in 1945 - just after the Second World War. Priestly wanted to make a dramatic point about social inequality by setting his play in 1912. The point was how social inequality was employed to the extent of neglect and abuse at this time among people in comparison to 1945, this is because the social responsibility was a lot stronger. There were rigid class systems in 1912, and people of a higher class were frowned upon if they mixed with people of a lower class. ...read more.


The second dramatic device used is the doorbell at which the Inspector arrives. Mr Birling and Gerald were in the middle of talking about organisational structure and discipline of the different social classes, Birling states that "a man has to make his own way" and "look after himself", the conversation led to the topic of younger generations and their lack of respect in society. The fact the doorbell was sounded at this point in the conversation gives the impression to the audience of coincidence, however when the play ends, the audience may realise that the doorbell was placed in that particular conversation as a device to convey the socialist message. They realise that the Inspector is a person who thinks that social inequality is wrong, and that he was put in the scene at that moment deliberately, to make the Birling family think about how they treat people in a lower class, hence splitting up the inequality between classes. Another dramatic device used is the effect the Inspector has on the main characters on the play. ...read more.


These effects give the impression on the audience that the Inspector has an un-natural effect on the family's feelings, which brings the audience to wonder if this man really exists. The final device used in Act 1 is the photograph of Eva Smith used by the Inspector. The photograph is shown to Mr Birling and Sheila in Act 1. The effect on Birling after viewing the photograph is not very great, however Birling's body language after seeing the image hints to the Inspector that he recognises the woman. The effect on Sheila is much more intimate, as she runs out of the room crying. The photograph is used to make the audience wonder what is so horrific about the image and the characters' reactions also help to give this effect to the audience. In conclusion, by delivering the socialist message of inequality the audience are left sat on the edge of their seats in parts of the play as a whole, in particular Act 1. This is because of the linking events having an effect of tension and suspense among the audience as they wait to know what is coming next. ...read more.

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