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How priestly uses a series of dramatic devices to get his point across to the audience.

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An inspector calls How priestly uses a series of dramatic devices to get his point across to the audience. In 1945 J. B Priestly, a playwright and the author of 'An inspector calls', a mystery set in 1912, set out to forward his message; Societies need for change. Through his play he uses a number of characters to represent the class structure of 1912, in which he wants the audience to compare their lives of 1945 and after 2 world wars, to before them. Priestly was a strong believer in socialism, a world with no defiant classes and a society that stood up for each other and took responsibility for their own actions. His idea was, due to the forever widening gap between the classes, people are going to suffer as the higher classes gained more power and took less responsibility for their actions. To get across his point he uses a specific character called 'Inspector Goole'. Priestly uses this character to point his finger at the way the Birling's are and in doing so is pointing his finger at society it's self. He shows the Birling's that they have all done something to provoke the death of the girl and must start to take responsibility for their actions. ...read more.

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This is a very clever device as it keeps the audience anxious and interested in the play. One example of this is the point before we hear Gerald's confession. This is an effective time for an interval because the audience will be filled with anticipation and excitement of what is to come. He uses the ends of a dramatic moment effectively. For example, at the end of act 1, a very crucial moment, the inspector returns to the dinning room, looks "steadily and searchingly" at Gerald and Sheila, then simply says one word, "Well?". It is immediately followed by the lights turning off. Throughout the play there are many crucial entrances and exits that keep the audience interested. They provide the audience with some visual changes and excitement as the door bangs. The main idea of Priestly keeping some characters out of the room during the interrogations is to keep them free of interruptions. The first entrance that grips the audience is the introduction with the inspector. This is a new and important character which will grip the attention of the audience. His timing is excellent as he cuts off the end of Birling's very formal speech about life, and then leaves straight after he finishes his own. And the audience members will find this very intriguing. ...read more.

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He acts as the Birlings' conscience by showing them the affect the individual can have on other people and more importantly the responsibility we have for our neighbours and strangers. Every character has an opinion and belief; however Priestley's beliefs, voiced by the inspector are presented as truth. Inspector Goole is given "all-knowing" supernatural qualities, which are heightened by the dramatic touches, helping to convey they belief as fact and not just an opinion. The dramatic touches, as well as getting the message of the play across are also useful in steering the play, moving the plot forward and adding to the audiences' interest. For the impact of Priestly message to be convey successfully to the audience, the audience must first take notice and become interested in the play. The dramatic touches employed by priestly help to capture the audience's attention and express his message more clearly, allowing it to be better interpreted From this play I have learnt a lot about the history of socialism and a lot of arguments for and against it. I have found that I prefer the way of socialism and the community. I can now see that things have changed as more people now a day take responsibility for their actions. I grew up being told by my parents to take responsibility for my actions and have learnt to do so, unlike the children of 1912. ...read more.

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