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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 his play?

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An Inspector Calls: Essay By J.B Priestley 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 his play? 'An Inspector Calls' is a very clever play with a very good reputation and it is known as 'a well made play'. Furthermore it has a very interesting genre, as it is a 'Morality Play', this means that the writer wants his characters to learn something as well as the audience, for example that they will be pretentious by something or learn a new piece of information about another character. The play was written in the year 1945/6, however the play is set in 1912, with this known fact, it is an extremely; important and crucial aspect of the plays theories. J.B Priestley has set his play some thirty three years earlier for a reason; to show off some of the characters hidden personalities. For example Act One begins by a pleasant luxurious upper class meal with the Birling family, with Mr Birling producing a witty remark about the R.M.S Titanic being unsinkable, however we as the audience have the knowledge that the R.M.S Titanic did sink therefore everything Mr Birling says may not be true. ...read more.

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and the owner does not have all the say, therefore this is a big clue to the audience that Mr Birling and his assumptions may be wide of the mark and erroneous. Mr Birling also makes a remark about war, a subject with incredibly extensive facts and answers, leaving room for a lot of wrong things to say, such as his statement about wars not occurring. "...You'll hear some people say that war's inevitable. And to that I say fiddlesticks! The Germens don't want war, nobody wants war ... I say there isn't a chance of war." This is a perfect example of dramatic irony; it shows Mr Birling to be making a proclamation that there will not be another war; however the audience knows the solid fact that there was another war and that Mr Birling is completely wrong. With these false facts that are being produced by Mr Birling, the audience would trust him less and less. Priestley uses this dramatic device exceedingly well to manipulate the audience's trail of thoughts yet at the same time keep them well occupied in the play. Later on, Mr Birling makes an assumption about the R.M.S Titanic and about how he believes he is correct once again, yet as another great piece of dramatic irony from Priestley. ...read more.

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the beginning yet as we progress through the act, Birling is revealed to be ignorant, always thinking he is right despite facts, and with use of dramatic irony the audience can address this extremely well. To involve the audience more and keep there interest, Birling uses many different methods such as tension building, dramatic irony, dramatic stage directions yet an extremely powerful technique is using the characters personality traits to keep the audience occupied and interested. In my opinion I believe that the soul intention of the playwright's message is do not treat others as you do not wish to be treated and to not take a day for granted as tomorrow is not promised. This is still relevant today as we try to keep a society where everyone can get equal amounts and a fair share of there abilities, if we did not, it would be wrong and something would be done about it. Also we are not promised tomorrow therefore there should not be greed, hatred or anything to do with the nature of this as again it will be regretted. Priestley has created an extremely high-quality playwright which still to this day is being eulogized. Chris Messina ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Messina ...read more.

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