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Inspector Calls

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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? In the play An Inspector calls J.B priestly is like god. Everything that happens in the play is because he wants it to happen. He has total control. J.B Priestly uses the characters to represent certain types of people. Arthur Birling represents a middle/upper class complacent man who only cares about himself. Eva Smith on the other hand is a working class underpaid woman who has no medical or employment security. Where as inspector Goole represents J.B Priestly's views which are that we all should be responsible for every one else. No matter what social class we are in. Priestly choose to set the play in 1912 because it was just before both world wars, when the social class divides were at its highest, but it was still close enough to his 1945 audience that they could relate back to it. By 1945 Britain had been through two world wars. These wars actually brought the lower and middle social classes closer together because they had to work together throughout the wars. ...read more.


Eva could not afford any expensive furniture. No working class person could. "decanter of port, cigar box and cigarettes." Eva smith and the rest of the working class could not afford the finer things in life so they definitely couldn't afford these luxury items. The gap between the Birlings and Eva smith was massive. The Birlings could afford most things where as Eva could barely afford to live. The dining room is considered to be the heart of a home so that is why the play is set there. The inspector has come into the house and attacked the household from the main room of the house. The dining room. He has become the main figure in the play. Priestly makes Mr Birling seem like a fool because of the way he uses dramatic irony. Mr Birling says that "some people think that war is inevitable. And to that I say fiddle-sticks! The Germans don't want war nobody wants war." this statement makes Mr Birling seem extremely foolish because the audience know no that he is wrong and that war actually was inevitable. There wasn't even just one war there was two. Mr Birling also says that "the titanic is unsinkable, unsinkable absolutely unsinkable." ...read more.


this ends the chapter on a cliff-hanger. This is what builds up a lot of suspense amongst the audience. The audience expects there to be an answer but there isn't, so in Act Two the audience know that there is a lot more to come. This engrosses the audience and grabs their attention in anticipation for Act Two. The effect of the dramatic devices affect the play in various ways. The photograph builds up tension amongst the Birlings. The lighting sets the mood for the play. The setting shows the difference between the classes. The dramatic irony portrays Mr Birling, the boss of the household as being quite foolish and lastly the character descriptions shows what the characters are really like. J.B Priestly engages the audience very well he builds up a lot of suspense, with the photograph and the one word question at the end of Act One. He also gradually prepares the audience for the inspectors arrival by changing the lights in the play from being pink and intimate to being white and bright. The play touches on the issue of social responsibilities. The inspector trys to make the Birlings realise that everybody is responsible for each other, no matter what social class you come from. So the moral of the story is that everybody is responsible for everyone else. An Inspector Calls pg An Inspector Calls pg ...read more.

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