• 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(TM) how does J B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in the play?

Extracts from this document...


In Act One of 'An inspector calls' how does J B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in the play? J B Priestley writes the play An Inspector Calls which was written in 1945 and set in 1912 on a spring evening, he deliberately sets it in 1912 to influence people's ideas about society. Priestley introduces the characters by stage directions, the cast in the play is Arthur Birling thinks a lot of himself he's bigheaded, really cocky, thinks he's clever and is a business man. Eric plays the character that is half shy and half assertive; he asks a lot of questions and rapidly defends himself. Sybil Birling is superior, bossy, rude and also ignorant, she finds herself better than her husband. Gerald Croft is the man who Sheila is going to get engaged to, he always agrees with Arthur Birling and shows a lot of respect to him. Edna is the Birling's maid and appears sparingly in the play. ...read more.


The Birling's smug satisfaction is put on hold because the door noise grabs attention and changes the atmosphere to ' brighter and harder.' Edna comes into the Dining room and says to Mr. Birling, "Please, Sir, an Inspector's called". Inspector Goole is described on his entrance as creating "an impression of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. He is a man in his fifties, dressed in a plain darkish suit. He speaks carefully, weightily, and has a disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking. Following his entrance the inspector comes in and tells the family an girl called Eva Smith Has committed suicide by drinking a strong disinfectant which burned her inside out. The Inspector shows a photograph to everyone one at a time, so he can get the information out of them. Sheila says "he's giving us the rope - so that we'll hang ourselves." But his method works because Sheila has a massive effect from the Inspector; she feels full of guilt for her jealous actions and blames herself as "really responsible." ...read more.


Sheila calls her dad a "Purple faced-old man" which shows she's ignorant. During the end we start to like Sheila because she says "But these girls aren't cheap labour - they're people." She shows her change when she supports Eva Smith/Daisy Renton. The methods that Priestley uses to interest and involve the audience are Quotes, so we can review the character however we like. Cliff hangers so we want to read on and dramatic devices and techniques to manipulate the audience. Priestley also explains how we are responsible for our own actions and the consequence that come out of it. This makes us think how we can apply this to our own lives and help us change as people. I think the playwright's message is you should show equality to one another. In the society your actions and sayings count which can be influenced and lead to terrible things happening. It is relevant today because if a person doesn't respect one another it can lead to fights and also make one another do terrible things, but this play can change opinions about other people. ...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. J.B Priestley's use of language, character, and setting for dramatic effect in 'An Inspector ...

    This connotation is based upon how Sheila realises that the Inspector only wants the Birling's to build a bigger wall between themselves therefore she'd rather tell the truth. It is also apparent when the Inspector says "We usually do on the younger ones", that the Inspector knows that he'll have an affect on the younger members of the family.

  2. An Inspector Calls: In act one of An Inspector Calls how does J.B Priestley ...

    However when you read on to page 3 Sheila says "Yes except for all last summer, when you never came near me and I wondered what had happened to you" Mrs Birling is quick to stand up in Gerald's

  1. Coursework How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices in 'An Inspector Calls' to convey ...

    This is dramatic as the Birling's also think this and Mrs. Birling breaks down, the audience see another side to her from the beginning when the inspector first arrived, she was adamant that she had nothing to do with the death of Eva Smith.

  2. In Act One of An Inspector Calls, how does Priestly use dramatic devices to ...

    This builds tension prior to the Inspector entering the room. This is the first indication of tension that Priestley uses in the play to break down the sense of fake security that surrounds the Birling household. This interests the audience in wanting to know what it is the Inspector is going to unveil.

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

    In 1912 England was on the brink of numerous changes and historical events. The audience is well aware of these, but the Birlings are not, and they waffle on blindly, uttering infinite musings of British capitalism, incredulous industrialisation and movements of their society.

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

    He uses the inspector to voice his own opinions to the audience, by the revelations he makes about the consequences of this continued behaviour to the Birlings, in the play. To an audience watching this play in 1945, it would be obvious that the "fire and blood and anguish" that

  1. 'How does Priestley use the Inspector dramatically to interest the audience and involve it ...

    Also the play was set in 1912, but first performed in 1946, the audience are already aware that these things have happened. Dramatic irony impacts and affects the audience's understanding of Mr Birling's character, suggesting to the audience that if he could get these things so wrong what else has he got disastrously wrong?

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

    It is important to remember that this is a play designed to be watched and not read, so the audience would not be aware of the detailed instructions that Priestley has given regarding the furniture, the lighting, the Inspector's behaviour, the tone of voice and the facial expressions of the characters.

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