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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 them and involve them in his 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 them and involve them in his play. The play "An Inspector Calls" was written by John Boynton Priestley in 1945. "An inspector calls" is based on guilt and Pride, the guilt coming from Eric and Sheila and the pride coming from Mr And Mrs Birling along with Gerald. Priestley was a famous socialist, he was concerned that people were becoming self-centred and took no responsibility for anyone else this influenced "An Inspector Calls." "An Inspector Calls" was set in 1912, yet performed only 1945, the reason for this was because he wanted the audience to look back on how the world used to be and in some respects still is, he wanted to teach them the moral- everybody should take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Birling defines the higher class whereas Eric and Sheila are the hope for the younger generation of high society. Priestly uses a range of dramatic devices, which enhance and develop the play for the sole reason of keeping the audience's attention and interest. ...read more.

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When the inspector enters, the whole atmosphere in the room changes from a celebratory atmosphere to a tense atmosphere. This intrigues the audience, making them want to see more of the play. Birling becomes increasingly agitated at the inspectors attitude towards him, Mr Birling's tries to intimidate the inspector with his former position as "lord mayor", he is very condescending to the inspectors social standing, this shows the audience that Mr Birling is a very pompous man. However the inspector is not deterred by Birling's attempts to bully him. Through the inspector Priestley conveys his idea that there should be equality for all and "working class" individuals should not need to give into the demands of people who are there social superiors. As the play continues, we can see changes in the characters; Eric and Sheila both become distressed after realizing they have played a part in Eva Smith's suicide and seeing there mother and fathers ignorance and dismissal of the fact that they too are partly to blame. Sheila and Eric are a representation of what Priestley hopes the younger generations of higher society will become, their ignorance and snobbishness progresses to Knowledge throughout the play and they become more open minded. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then he continues the story when Sheila enters revealing that her getting Eva Smith fired from Milwards also played a part in her suicide. As Mrs Birling's enters he reveals that Gerald's affair with Eva Smith now called Daisy Renton was also partly responsible for her suicide. When Gerald leaves the inspector discloses information of how Mrs Birling refused Eva Smith's plea for assistance from Mrs Birling's mother's committee, Mrs Birling blames her death on the young man who impregnated her - "he'd be entirely responsible - because the girl wouldn't have come to us, and have been refused assistance, if it hadn't have been for him. -" It is then revealed that Eric is the father of the baby. This constant shock and the turning points in the storyline keep the audience gripped on the play throughout. So to conclude, it is clear that Priestley employs various dramatic devices such as lighting, sound and dramatic irony to depict his feelings and his political stance. Priestley uses a typical upper class family to set an example to the audience. Birling is a typical example of an introspective person who lacks morals. His go however is broken down gradually throughout the play and his views are at many times ...read more.

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