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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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