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J.B Priestley wrote "an inspector calls" in 1947 a play that shows the troubles between the upper and lower classes. Throughout the play he uses many dramatic devices to put across his strong political views to the audience. In this essay I will be analysing how Priestley uses dramatic devices through out the beginning and the end of the play to voice his thoughts about the year 1912. 1912, the year the play was set in, the country was ruled by capitalism, the conflicts between the upper and lower classes were at an all time high. The upper class were enjoying their life with money whilst the lower class were left to suffer with little amounts of money. Working conditions in 1912 were very poor and dangerous; workers worked long hard hours with very little wages that were enough to just about keep them alive. Even though the labourers went on strikes for more money their demands were not met. Many workers lost their lives due to the dangerous working conditions but this did not matter to the rich as long as their life was easy it did not matter that others were losing theirs. ...read more.


the sinking of the titanic where thousands of people unfortunately lost their lifes, This makes the audience believe in the inspector rather than Mr Birling.Pristely has used dramatic devices to increase the trust on the inspector which he expresses through his socialist views. Priestley manages to keep the idea of socialism in the minds of the audience by constantly using tension and subtext as dramatic devices. This keeps the audience interested and eager to find out what happens next. When Sheila asks Gerald about "last summer" Gerald covers it up by saying he was busy at" the works". The audience immediately gets the feeling the audience immediately gets the feeling that Gerald is not telling the truth and Eric's mysterious laugh adds to the tension The inspector changes from a nice man at the beginning into an old persistent man in the end to help in force Priestley's views at the beginning the inspector seems to be a calm and gentle man who is not intimidated by birlings threats and remarks. When Mr Birling is heatedly shouting "why the devil do you want to go upsetting a child like that?" ...read more.


upper class lady, Gerald also takes sides with her, both of them refusing Eva's smiths request for help show that the upper-class are self centred and don't really care about anyone apart from the upper class. As we can see each of the characters seem to represent a different form, even though they are from the same family.Mr and Mrs Birling and Gerald represent the bad-mannered, cold hearted upper class. Priestly seems to think that even though Eric an Sheila are the younger class they will be able to break the barriers between the upper and lower class.Mr Birling jokingly says "look at the pair of them-the famous younger generation who know it all-and they cant even take a joke". The characters that we do not see are Eva smith and her baby, Eva representing the lower class and the baby in between the upper and lower class. Through out the play we can clearly see that priestly has successfully used a range of dramatic device to deliver his political views to the audience. Priestley addresses the situation between the upper and lower class ?? ?? ?? ?? J,B PRIESTLY AN INSPECTOR CALLS ...read more.

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