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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

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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? The play 'An inspector calls' is set in 1912 but was written and performed in 1945. This was done to show the people of 1912 that life was more important than such things as pride and money. J B Priestley writes that the older generation just cared about themselves and let other people get on with what they wanted. He then talks about the newer generation and how they are more caring about other people. Priestley also explains how we are responsible for out 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. ...read more.


Another dramatic device Priestley uses is the lighting at the start of the play. The lights are pink and have a calm and intimate mood. When the Inspector arrives the lighting dramatically changes as it turns brighter and harder. I think the use of the lighting shows the personality of the Inspector. I believe it shows that the Inspector is a tough character, and he will not take any nonsense. When the doorbell rings it has a sharp ring. I think he does this as it also shows how serious and important the Inspector will be. By writing 'a sharp ring' this is also onomatopoeia, this is when a word is used to describe a sound and can often make it overdramatic to make the audience jump, this makes things a lot more dramatic for the audience. ...read more.


At this point you can tell that Birling is starting to get nervous at the thought that it could be his fault. Already the inspector is starting to get to the family. In conclusion I think the message that Priestley is trying to get over to the readers is that life is more important than money and that is what the inspector was trying to get Birling to see in the play. I realised this by reading the book so I am sure that many other did aswell. He is also trying to get across that just because you have more money it does not make you a higher class than any one else, we are all equal. In the play I think this got across to the younger characters of Gerald and Sheila but I think he failed to get it across to Mr Birling as he was just glad he was off the hook and not going to get caught. Overall I think the play achieved what it was trying to do. ...read more.

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