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An Inspector Calls: Essay In Act One of 'An Inspector Calls' how does J.B. Priestly use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the member of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play? In 'An Inspector Calls' the Inspector wants to teach the Birlings how important it is to treat everyone equally, regardless of social standing. I believe, in a way he is also trying to teach the Birlings how events can have 'knock-on' effects, and how their actions have consequences, even if they are not intentional. Priestly's main concerns are the same to those of the Inspector - Priestly voices his opinions through the character. The play was set in 1912, this is important because it is two years before the start of the First World War. The date 1945 (when the play was first performed) is also an important year, as it was the year that the Second World War ended. 'An Inspector Calls' is a Drama, meant for performance. ...read more.


He does not show the photograph of the young woman (Eva Smith / Daisy Renton) to more than one person at any time, this casts doubts about whether he is showing everyone the same photograph. Mr. Birling does not seem phased by the arrival of the Inspector. He uses long sentences and throws his weight around - mentioning his connections and status often - in an attempt to intimidate the Inspector. The Inspector uses short sentences and phrases in response to Birlings, this shows that he is not at all phased and he remains focused on the task at hand. The exits during the play allow the characters to have 'private' discussions. An example of this is when the Inspector and Eric leave Sheila and Gerald alone, in order to talk further about the character Daisy Renton - who it is clear that Gerald knows. Also, when Sheila runs out of the room after being shown the photograph that the Inspector wields, it is clear that she had a memory of the woman. ...read more.


early on in the play. An important point to be considered by the audience is the fact that Sheila is the only character who seems to feel anything at all towards the death of the woman. Perhaps this is guilt seeping through the all too weak minded character Sheila? Priestly also uses dramatic irony throughout the first Act of the play. For example, Birlings speech where he talks about the Titanic and how there is no chance of war. He also uses lighting to help emphasise the change in mood upon the arrival of the Inspector. The audience is left in suspense at the end of Act One, this is done so that the interest in the play is kept. I think the message that Priestly is trying to put across to the audience is that there is no difference between people, regardless of how much money they have, or where they live. This is still a relevant point today, as many people live in a world full of discrimination and struggles. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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