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How J.B Priestly uses dramatic devices in act one to portray his feelings and concerns about capitalism to the audience.

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During this essay I will be focusing on how J.B Priestly uses dramatic devices in act one to portray his feelings and concerns about capitalism to the audience. Also I will give evidence and detailed explanations to support view points and show how J.B Priestly involves and interests the audience in the play. Dramatic irony is used so effectively by Priestly because the play is set in 1912, et written in 1944. Priestly is writing in hindsight because he knows the events which cam about after 1912, yet his characters don't. "...the titanic she sails next week...and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable." This quotation portrays dramatic irony because the audience would have known about The Titanic and its tragedy, the unsinkable ship sinking; Mr. Birling thinks he knows all and is convinced he is right and this makes him look rather silly. Priestlys dramatic irony is mainly focused on Mr. Birling because he is a typical example of capitalism. This play was to show how capitalism led to these events, and Birling was downgraded in order to show this. "The Germans don't want war. Nobody wants war...There's too much at stake these days." Another comment which Mr. Birling incorrectly made. Priestly is showing that the Birling family is totally oblivious to the outside world events. ...read more.


As well as this the stage directions are very demanding. "Gerald rather embarrassed, begins to murmur some dissent, but Birling checks him." There is a clear change in the characters actions, they are very concise stage directions which allow the characters to know exactly how to act. Giving the characters a very specific way to look, speak and act. The stage directions help to communicate his feelings about capitalism because they make it very clear the actual attitude of the characters. It shows how they actually are and how stubborn and how they live in a world of their own. "Confidently." It all gives the image that they are set in their own ways and that they don't really care about anyone else or anything else except themselves. The stage directions require the actors consistently improving presence to be sustained through-out the play. The stage directions help the characters progress from ignorance and increases their knowledge and also does the same for the audience. Helping them to see just how Priestly feels about capitalism. Sound effects that Priestly are sounds such as the doorbell just after Birling said "no community." This causes a dramatic pause just after the summary Birling makes of a capitalist society has been set out. ...read more.


family look. "...fairly large suburban house, belonging to a prosperous manufacturer." This quote is a typical example of the specific way in which Priestly wants the scene to look. Homelike and welcoming, making it seem like everything is good and well with the family he is about to introduce. In 1945 the audience would have been quite shocked at seeing a set like this particually as they know the events which occur just after this time period. They wouldn't be able to understand quite why this family was so oblivious, but they would automatically think someone or something is going to explain why the set is the way it is. "...heavily comfortable..." This quote tells us that priestly is trying to make it look very happy and perhaps overly nice home. Priestly uses words like these to over exaggerate the feeling of the home to make sure the audience knows exactly how to feel, rather than being confused as to why its this way. Priestly begins which this image of middle class in 1912 to show exactly how he feels about capitalism, and how utterly wrong it is. To show perhaps from personal experience how careless the middle class are, and how caught up in their own world they are that they cannot see what is happening and what they are causing. This is therefore an excellent device that Priestly uses to communicate his main concerns about capitalism. ...read more.

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