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In act one of "An Inspector Calls" how does J.B. Priestly use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience as well as interest and involve them in his play?

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In act one of "An Inspector Calls" how does J.B. Priestly use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience as well as interest and involve them in his play? By Michelle Holmes J.B. Priestley wrote a play in 1940 called "An Inspector Calls" In Act one Mr Priestley uses dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience. He also interests and involves the audience in his play. I will be analysing act one of the play to try and understand the dramatic devices that Priestley uses. Although Priestley wrote the play in 1940 the play was set in 1912. In 1912, class was very important and unemployment was high at the time. The economy was doing badly and only six years on from when the play was set there was an economic slump. ...read more.

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It signals a change and therefore something is going to happen. Also the bright light could be thought of as a spotlight, as an inspector interrogates a witness. Irony is another dramatic device that Priestley uses in act one of "An inspector calls". Fairly near the beginning of the play Mr Birling mentions that the ship titanic is the unsinkable ship, he also mentions that war will never happen. However, Titanic did sink and we did go to war, and Priestley knew this when he wrote the play. I think the point Priestley is trying to make, is that Mr Birling thought he knew everything as a typical upper class man of that time would. Priestley sows not only was Mr Birling wrong but also many other upper class men. ...read more.

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The action carries on, and the story continues to unfold. This leaves the audience with a clearer view of the story than the characters do and the audience watch on to find out what happened outside the room and also what will happen when they discover themselves the continues plot. The final device used is the Inspector saying just one word of "well?" This gives an edge to the play for this cliffhanger keeps the audience on their toes, for no one knows what will happen next. In conclusion to this, I think Priestley uses many different dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to members of the audience. I think the main and most effective device is the Inspector. The Inspector is almost based on Priestley and therefore when Priestley wrote the play, he found carrying his view through the play to his audience was much easier for it was creating a feeling that he himself were there. ...read more.

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