• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In act one of “An Inspector Calls” how does Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play?

Extracts from this document...


In act one of "An Inspector Calls" how does Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play? "An Inspector Calls", written in 1945 and set in 1912, is the story of one night in the Birling's family life when an Inspector calls. The Inspector brings the news of the death of a young girl and, over time, shows how each member of the family is partly responsible for the girls death. The date of setting compared to the date of writing is vitally important because in 1912 there was a substantial gap between the upper classes and the poor which is reflected in the fact that the Birlings do not care for those "below" them. Priestley was a socialist and uses the Inspector to voice his own opinions about how each and every person has a responsibility towards others in society. ...read more.


Just before the Inspector enters the room, he rings the doorbell with a "sharp ring" and this is the point where the pleasant, happy atmosphere is changed as the audience and character can sense that it is a turning point in the play. This links to the telephone used at the end of the play with a sharp ring that marks a sharp turning point again from a relieved and pleased atmosphere to one of worry and self-doubt. Both times this device is used it also shocks and surprises the audience who are not expecting the sudden change. The Inspector arrives immediately after Mr. Birling tells Gerald and Eric that "a man has to look after himself and his own". This timing suggests that the Inspector is going to challenge this view and it is how he will do it that interests the audience. The Inspector creates an impression of massiveness, solidarity and purposefulness which makes the audience believe that he is always correct and you couldn't argue with him. ...read more.


Gerald's reaction leaves the act on a cliffhanger and the audience is left wondering how he has known the girl, thus keeping them interested in the plot of the play. In conclusion, Priestley conveys the messages of social responsibility and morality very well to the audience of the time as they would be able to relate to the Birlings and how they might have felt. The dramatic techniques are vital to the play in conveying the messages to the audience, especially the fact that the audience knows about both World War 1 & 2 whereas Mr Birling feels they were not going to happen. I feel that the messages of the play are still relevant now and do take a place in modern society where the rich and poor tend never to get involved with each other. The audience leave wondering about their own responsibility in society and how their actions affect other people much like the Birlings' actions affected Daisy Renton. By David Bruce ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. In Act I of An Inspector Calls how does J B Priestley use dramatic ...

    But at the end of the scene he begins to fall apart when Sheila discovers his affair with Daisy Renton and he begs "for God's sake - don't say anything to the Inspector". Sheila is shows herself to be the quickest and brightest of them when she almost ends the scene saying "Why - you fool - he knows ...

  2. How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to ...

    In retrospect, all of act one is ironic in its own right. During Gerald and Mr Birling's heart-to-heart, Gerald says "you seem like a nice well-behaved family". Irony strikes, as the audience soon find out that each and every member of the Birling family had involvement in the suicide of Eva Smith.

  1. In act 1 of An inspector calls how does Priestley convey his concerns and ...

    If there's nothing else, we'll have to share guilt''. Priestley wants his audience to realise the debauchery of abusing money as a status tool, whilst the poor suffer under your nose. Priestley, throughout act 1 of the play, used old fashioned language.

  2. What Dramatic Devices does J.B. Priestly
use in 'An Inspector Calls' to convey his 
attitude ...

    According to Mr. Birlnig, she was 'a good worker' and was about to be promoted into a leading operator, when she asked for a raise in salary. Mr. Birling refused, although he could easily afford it, and then sacked her for asking for more money.

  1. In Act One of 'An Inspector Calls' how does J.B. Priestly use devices to ...

    Eva Smith died, but why do the Birlings feel that they can treat anyone, anyway they would like to. Here the Inspector is used as a dramatic device to show that he is a god like figure. He directs the events, gives judgement, issues warning and controls the pace of the play.

  2. In Act 1 of An Inspector Calls how does J.B. Priestley use dramatic devices ...

    The arrival of Inspector Goole is a key moment in Act One, and is magnified by Preistley's use of a dramatic change of lighting. The lighting up to that point had been soft, gentle and intimate, reflecting the mood around the table.

  1. How does Priestley create drama and convey his concerns in 'An Inspector Calls'?

    The Birling family home is really summed up when it is described in the Stage Directions as "substantial", "heavily comfortable" and "not cosy and homelike". Everything is not as it seems and things seem a bit too home-like and fake.

  2. Explore the dramatic techniques used by J.B. Priestley in act 3 of "an inspector ...

    This marriage will see two great business rivals come together. Even though they all wish it to be perfect, there are signs that it is not; as Mr Birling is far too keen to impress Gerald, Eric is always on the edge, and Sheila makes playful remarks about the unexplained absence of her future husband last summer.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work