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In act1 of 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 interests and involves them in his play?

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In act1 of "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 interests and involves them in his play? The inspector calls is a play which has been written by a socialist writer: J.B Priestly. He demonstrates how socialists can dismiss lower class people, such as working class, as below human and unworthy of their time. The play starts in the Birling dining room; they are all celebrating Sheila and Gerald's engagement. Mr Birling is especially pleased with himself since Gerald, his daughter's fianc�, is from a very high class (socially). This will continue Mr Birling hard to work to climb the social ladder, during the play he is considered to be in the middle class and Gerald is from the upper classes. This will boost his social status further. As they are drinking the 'inspector' knocks at the door, this disturbs the mood and the lighting and music would change, this gives the atmosphere a sudden change and it makes the audience feel the inspector's presence. ...read more.

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He shows how the light can be used as an interrogation light, it gets the audience believing that the characters are about to be questioned. When the inspector arrives, both of the Birling parents are rather annoyed as their celebration was disturbed by the inspector. They both show how angry they are by taking swings at the inspector (verbally). Mr Birling dominates all early interaction between the family and the inspector; however he looses all of his control over the conversation when the inspector begins questioning Sheila. The play was set in 1912, however it was actually written in 1945 this time difference plays a large part in the play, it allows Priestly to use dramatic irony, and this is a very useful tool. He uses world war 1 and world war 2 as events to develop this idea, he says such things as "When German officers have had too much to drink and begin talking nonsense you'll hear some people say that war is inevitable" this demonstrates one of his many references to war. ...read more.

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When the inspector turns to Gerald the family was already shaken, the inspector cleverly mentioned Daisy Renton and Gerald gave himself up because his facial expression suggested that he knew her. It turned out that Gerald had cheated on Sheila and had an affair with the mysterious Daisy Renton. This shows how the inspector's excellent questioning style exposed the Birling's for the inconsiderate people that they are. To sum up, Priestly uses many dramatic devices, such as: Dramatic irony- when he uses something important in history and goes against what happened, like the titanic crashing he makes Mr Birling say he thought it was unsinkable. He uses lights in a very successful way; he makes the audience believe that the inspector has the power to change the atmosphere just by entering a room. It gets so much more harsh and much more of a questioning atmosphere. Even after the inspector leaves there is still a lot of tension in the room, especially between Sheila and Gerald, Gerald having previously admitting to having an affair. Anton Martin 10 CMJ ...read more.

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