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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 the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play?

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Inspector Calls Coursework Question 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? Introduction John Boynton Priestly (1894 - 1984) played many roles as a political activist and commentator; a campaigner for nuclear disarmament and public lending right; a cultural ambassador; and a student of time and of dreams. He once, memorably, became an actor in one of his own plays and stood as a Parliamentary candidate in the 1945 General Election. It may be argued that in literary, social and political terms he was very much 'a man for all seasons'. His father's socialist friends introduced Priestly to politics. Priestly was the most versatile writer of his time; one of his great plays, which I will perform my coursework on, is called 'An Inspector Calls'. This play was set in the spring of 1912 but peculiarly it was first performed in 1945 pre-1939, London theatre was very well known during the war theatres. The inspector wants to show and teach the Birlings to take responsibility for their own actions, to see what the consequences are to what they act upon. ...read more.

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" Mrs B: She said that the father was only a youngster - silly and wild an drinking too much. There couldn't be any question of marry him" In this quote Priestley wanted to show a cliffhanger. In this quote it shows Mrs B trying to get herself out of the argument, which she is in denial. The person that she is talking about is her own son. This shows the audience that Mrs B is in denial. In this quote Priestley wanted to show a cliffhanger. It shows Mrs Birling trying to get herself out of the argument, which she is in denial. The person that she is talking about is her own son. This shows the audience that Mrs Birling is in denial. Character actions or movements used to show that they are moving around to create tension or an atmosphere that the audience can feel. "Gives a half-stifled sob and then runs out." This quote shows that Sheila has played a part of destroying Eva Smith's life, in which she cannot do anything to change. From her movement and exist, it shows she has a guilty conscience, which the audience can see as well. These above dramatic techniques used in the play is used to make the play interesting and naturalistic to the audience as it is supposed to seem realistic and show the social environment. ...read more.

Conclusion

Eric seemed to be the quiet one, he didn't speak much. I think he is an independent person, but when issues come to him, he tries to rebel them and not to answer. Mrs Birling is a selfish person, who she thinks she's always right all the time and never wrong. She thought she helped Eva Smith, but actually didn't. She thought she helped her children, which her children can tell her everything, but they don't. Gerald Croft seems to have a business mind like Mr Birling, but during Act One, it shows that Gerald is a fair person, even though he was disloyal to Sheila In conclusion I think that the Inspector is as real as every one else in the play but I think that he represents justice or truth and is a form of angel or something along those lines. While watching this play I enjoyed it immensely and I am very glad I have seen it. This play is more than just a detective thriller and you really have to look closely at it before you fully understand it. I am sure that there will always be a sense of mystery about this play; who was the inspector? What was the Inspector? Will we ever know? Inderpal Matharu 11EV 1 ...read more.

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