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An Inspector calls By J.B. Priestley In Act One of 'An Inspector Calls' how does J.B. Priestley 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 Priestley uses many dramatic devices in his play to concern and involve the members of the audience, these are dramatic irony, lighting used in the play, the sound effects used, and also the entrances and exits of characters. Priestley's main concerns and ideas while writing this play are social principles. In the story 'An inspector Calls' The inspector wants to show and teach the Birlings that we are all responsible for each other, JB Priestley uses inspector Goole to show what can happen if we are ignorant to the feelings of others, for example, like what happened to Eva Smith in the story. The inspector believes in socialism and thinks everyone has responsibilities, but those who have forgotten their responsibilities cause social problems. I think Priestley's main concerns were that the Birling family separates itself from society. As Priestley believes a great deal in socialism I think he uses the characters in the play, mainly Mr Birling and inspector Goole to influence people to be socialist. ...read more.

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Birling claimed that they had passes the worse of labour trouble. "We've passed the worse of it. We employees...coming together to see our interests of capital are properly protected". This is dramatic irony because the audience know the strikes do increase dramatically over the next 10 years. This dramatic irony affects the views of the audience on the characters, for example, we do not take Mr Birling seriously after he says these speeches in the play, this makes us think Birling is not very intellectual, However Mr Birling thinks he knows best and likes the sound of his own voice, for example, "we can't let these Bernard Shaw's and H.G Wellses do all the talking. We hard headed practical business men must say something sometimes". Mr Birling mentioned H.G Wellses and Bernard Shaws since they were socialist, this shows that Mr Birling does not respect them much, and thinks he has more essential things to state. When the inspector arrives at the Birling's house the lighting becomes brighter, and any shadows would be eliminated. Birling says to Edna "Show him in here. Give us some more light" Edna does then goes out. ...read more.

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Good night." Conclusion In this play Priestley has shown us that the Birling families' political and social ideas were wrong, he used dramatic devices to involve the audience in the play and influence them to become socialist. Priestley wants us to agree with the inspector and also be responsible for each other, the play changes our opinions as it shows us what can happen if we are not socialist. The playwright changes my opinions of the Birling family during act 1 because of the dramatic devices JB Priestley has used, the dramatic irony used to involve the audience, for example. Mr Birling mentions the titanic and it is unsinkable, the audience know the titanic did sink, so JB Priestley is involving the audience and changing there views towards Birling. I think the playwright's message is that everyone should believe in socialism and be responsible for each other, this is still relevant today. As the Birling family did not believe in socialism and this lead to Eva Smith committing suicide. The last speech the inspector says he talks about fire, blood and anguish this could be signifying and bringing up the painful memories of war. As the audience had war fresh in their memories, Priestley could have used this to influence people to be socialist and keep peace. Gurinder Singh Khakh ...read more.

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