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How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience as well as interest to involve them in the play?

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How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience as well as interest to involve them in the play? "An Inspector Calls", is a detective fiction/mystery play written and performed in 1945 by J.B Priestley. The play begins with Arthur Birling, a "rather portentous" business man, and his family celebrating the engagement of Mr Birling's daughter, Sheila, to Gerald Croft (son of Mr. Birling's business rival). Later on in the play a so called Inspector, last name Goole, appears at the Birling home saying he is making inquiries into the suspicious suicide of a "working-class" girl who went by the name of Eva Smith. The inspector begins to find that every member of the Birling family, including Gerald, had at one point had some involvement with Eva Smith. The audience start to ponder whether the Inspector is really looking to inquire about the death, or to make the Birlings realise they all have responsibilities as members of their community, and that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. ...read more.


Again the use of dramatic irony strengthens the opinions the audience would have on Mr Birling-that he is very right wing, and only cares about himself and his family. Birling seems to bite off much more than he can chew, when he refers to "labour". He says by the time Gerald and Sheila are married, they will be "living in a world that'll have forgotten about all these capital versus labour agitations". There were labour strikes, not too long after the play is set. J.B Priestley leaves the audience with the impression that Birling is rather portentous, even thought his thoughts are wrong the majority of the time. Priestley uses dramatic irony early on in the play, for numerous reasons. It could be that not only keeping the audience hooked on the play with dramatic irony, but he could also have used it as a way of letting them know what his main concerns were. All of the dramatic irony came from Mr Birling; this really radiates the character he is supposed to be- Ignorant, portentous and naive. J.B Priestley uses stage directions, to create atmosphere in the beginning of the play. ...read more.


Not only was this a cliff-hanger, but it added to the irony of act one. All of the dramatic devices used by J.B Priestly to hook the audience to the play, and keep them interested. The dramatic devices used by Priestley, greatly changed my opinion of the Birling family. At first, the Birlings had appeared to be a nice family. But after dramatic irony enters the play, Mr Birling is portrayed as an ignorant, portentous and naive man. Priestley uses dramatic irony to involve the audience. By knowing things the characters do not, it makes the audience want to carry on watching, to see how the story unfolds. The use of foreshadowing also does this-by leaving subtle hints of a character's personality, the audience want to know what will happen. J.B Priestley had quite a few messages in the play, one that still stands today is that you should always have a sense of community with those living with and around you, and that you can't always think about yourself, and there will be repercussions for your actions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Denzel Pratt ...read more.

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