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

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An Inspector Calls By J.B Priestly In Act One of An Inspector Calls how does J.B. Priestly use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ides to the members of the audience as well as interest and involve them in his play? In An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly an inspector is introduced who wants to show and teach the Birling family. He wants to teach the Birlings about being responsible for their actions and that their actions can severe consequences. Priestly's main concern is to make to make the world a better place to live in for everyone. The date 1912 in which the play is set in is important because two years later World War One broke out. This is ironic because when the play is written in 1945 and that is when World War Two had just ended also this is when the first audience watched. So the first audience were aware of what starts wars, as well the social ideas behind the play would have stuck. An inspector Calls belongs in a mystery, detective play in addition to a play of social morals. In An Inspector Calls, J.B Priestly uses a variety of different dramatic devices to influence the audience in Act 1. ...read more.

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In this way he can be seen as Priestly's response to Birling's opinions and he soon begins to tear down the ideas that Birling thrives on. When Inspector Goole arrives at the Birling house the happy music in the background will stop and the happy atmosphere will be drained away as he walks around. The inspector will be wearing a white suit and hat and have pale skin and dark eyes to make his appearance more surreal and ghostly. The Inspector has a big impact on the rest of the characters as he begins to break down their pretences. The Inspector is the catalyst for the events of the play: without him, none of the characters' secrets would ever have come into the open, for a variety of reasons. In act one the tension in the Birling house begins to increase greatly, the inspector is pressuring the Birlings and Gerald to tell their story of how and when they met Eva Smith. At first they deny any knowledge of the girl, but as the play goes on the Inspector manages to show that they all helped kill her. Mr. ...read more.

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They behave like they are perfect family with nothing to hide but there are clues that everything is not as it seems. One is when Sheila answers Gerald's question by saying 'Yes- except for all last summer. When you never came near me, and I wondered what happened to you'. Gerald replies 'And I've told you- I was awfully busy at the works all that time. Another clue is when Eric says in Act One 'Yes I remember-'(but checks himself). As well the whole of act one is ironic as Eva Smith's suicide hasn't even happened yet. The reason for inspector Goole visit is for showing the Birlings and Gerald their actions have serious consequences. Our opinions of Birlings at first were that they a very normal rich family Responsibility is one of the play's key themes, and the Inspector is Priestley's vehicle for putting across his own views of this as a socialist. In this final speech, he is speaking as much to the audience as to the characters on stage. His words here are a warning to an audience in 1945 not to repeat the selfish mistakes that led to the 'fire and blood and anguish' of two World Wars and the years between them. Also the message of responsibility is still relevant today as capitalism is still in this modern day world. Stephanie Ghartey 10/0 ...read more.

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