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Analyse the Dramatic Devices Used by J B Priestly Throughout 'An Inspector Calls'.

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Analyse the Dramatic Devices Used by J B Priestly Throughout 'An Inspector Calls' First Page on paper During the dinner, Mr Birling proposes a toast. He thinks this makes him look very grand and important, but really the audience know that he is setting himself up for a fall. In his speech he talks about the sailing of the Titanic and how the ship is ' Unsinkable'. He sounds very sure of himself, yet the audience watching know that Mr Birling is mistaken and that the Titanic did sink. This is a dramatic device because it makes the audience think that if his speech is wrong, what else could he be mistaken about. ...read more.

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This helps to keep the play organised. Throughout the whole play, the inspector doesn't show two people the photograph at the same time. This is because he wants to ' Follow one line of enquiry at a time'. This is a dramatic device because it helps to keep the play moving. The inspector does not let all of the family know that they are involved. Every time a member of the family asks if they are involved he just says ' One line of enquiry at a time'. This leaves the audience filled with anticipation because they aren't sure which family member is involved in this scandal. ...read more.

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By making the inspector leave the room, the writer puts the family in a situation which allows them to communicate to each other and discuss what they have done wrong. This lets the audience see what their personalities are like. Mr Birling, Gerald and Sybil have not changed their thoughts on the Eva Smith issue, but Eric and Sheila have. This shows division between the family. Mr Birling states that ' I had perfectly good reason to do what I did'. Not once throughout the whole play does he admit partial responsibility. The inspector builds up the aggression of his questioning as if he is losing his temper. At the end of the play, his aggression of questioning has become so aggressive that Mr Birling demands that he apologizes at once. ...read more.

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