• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Act one of 'An Inspector Calls', how does J.B Priestly 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?

Extracts from this document...


In Act one of 'An Inspector Calls', how does J.B Priestly 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? John Boynton Priestly was born in Yorkshire in 1894. He left school at 16 in order to gain life experience and joined the army at the outbreak of world war one. During his time in the army, he witnessed much suffering. This heavily influenced his writing to question the morals and responsibilities of society, which is a main theme in 'An Inspector Calls'. Priestly's main concerns at the time of writing 'An Inspector Calls' was the state of society and social inequality- there was a huge gap between the rich and the poor. Priestly was also a socialist (politically left wing) and most of the characters who Priestly is trying to convey to the audience as bad people are capitalist (politically right wing). This makes it even easier for him to put across his ideas as he can give the characters very stereotypical personalities. ...read more.


Priestly uses dramatic irony very early on in the play. One such example of this has already been mentioned, "the Titanic - she sails next week absolutely unsinkable". As Priestly wants Mr Birling to seem absurd he makes him say things which he knows will have that desired effect on the audience. Another such example is where he says, "I say there isn't a chance of war". this has the same effect on the audience as in the other case. As 'An Inspector Calls' is a play, the stage lighting is also very important when studying dramatic devices. At the beginning of the play the stage directions state that, "the lighting should be pink and intimate until the Inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder". by having it lighter at the beginning it reflects the mood of the celebration that the Birlings are having. By being light it gives the mood a sense of relaxation, but when the inspector arrives and the lighting becomes harder, it gives the scene a sense of tension and panic. ...read more.


For example, when the only people left in the room are Gerald Croft and Sheila Birling, they talk about the dead girl and reveal some secrets to the audience while the other characters still don't know, "I'm sorry, Sheila but it was all over and done with last summer". the other characters still do not know this. This could also be another example and use of dramatic irony. Seeing as the above scene is also the end of Act one, it gives the audience a view of everything that has happened. It explains how Gerald came to know the dead girl and it also explains Sheila's views on the inspector, "he knows. Of course he knows. And i hate to think how much he knows that we don't know yet". This shows that Priestly intends the inspector to be seen not just as an Inspector, but something else, someone to reveal moral consciences. During Act one, the playwright uses many different dramatic devices to change your opinions of the Birlings. The use of dramatic irony in the play makes the Birlings often seem even more absurd than they are. Priestly also uses many different ways to involve the readers in the plot. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nathan Adams 11c Nathan Adams 11c ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE J.B. Priestley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE J.B. Priestley essays

  1. Free essay

    "AN INSPECTOR CALLS" By J. B. Priestly has been described as a play of ...

    We can see this new found confidence as she begins to speak like The Inspector. She obviously cracked early on that he knew the whole story, and that he was going to find each and everyone of them out, and therefore began to warn them, and speak in The Inspectors tone.

  2. An Inspector Calls: In act one of An Inspector Calls how does J.B Priestley ...

    From the first line that Birling speaks we can tell he is of upper class the port indicates this, as this was a luxury to have in 1912. When Birling states, "As a matter of fact Finchley told me it's exactly the same port as your father gets from him"

  1. Coursework How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices in 'An Inspector Calls' to convey ...

    is now dead; there are still millions of other people just like Eva Smith who they are responsible for as everyone is a member of one body.

  2. How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to ...

    After being interrupted during his rant by Eric, Mr Birling says "you've got a lot to learn yet". Almost every prediction Mr Birling made during act one had been false or over-exaggerated, so him saying somebody needs to learn is not only hypocritical but ironic.

  1. In Act One of An Inspector Calls, how does Priestly use dramatic devices to ...

    With great pomposity he delivers various speeches claiming such things as the Great War is "impossible" and the Titanic is "unsinkable". The audience are aware of the fact these statements are not precise and imply Birling's character to be unaware and rather arrogant.

  2. In Act 1 of An Inspector Calls how does J.B. Priestley use dramatic devices ...

    The frequent entrances and exits of the characters help to keep the audience following the plot. If all the characters were sat in the same room for the entire play, it would get rather monotonous and the audience might get lost.

  1. In Act One of "An Inspector Calls", how does J.B. Priestley use dramatic devices ...

    The audience would therefore be more receptive to Priestley's views, and the opportunity for producing a result was optimum. Although the play was written and performed after the war had ended, it was set in 1912, which enabled Priestley to use irony very effectively to convey his thoughts, which I shall later examine in greater detail.

  2. 'How does Priestley use the Inspector dramatically to interest the audience and involve it ...

    To heighten the impact of the Inspectors entrance the lighting changes. This has a huge effect on the audience, because it would create a sense of surprise and because the pink that was prior to the change created false warmth, and homely scene, but the lights change.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work