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ENGLISH COURSEWORK - AN INSPECTOR CALLS In act 1 of an inspector calls how does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns to the members of the audience, as well as the interest and involve them in the play? "An inspector calls", is a play, which was written by J.B Priestley. This play is set in 1912, but it was first performed in 1945. This is because J.B Priestley wants to create irony. He does this by making the characters say such things that are non-existent. This can be seen in chapter 1, when Mr Birling is quoted saying, " The titanic sails next week - and she is unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable". This quote shows that J.B Priestley has used irony, because the audience knows that the titanic has sunk in 1912. By reading this it can be seen this event has already taken place. Therefore we can conclude that J.B Priestley has used such language because, he wants the audience to have prior knowledge over the play. There is another example of this early on in the play. This occurs when Mr Birling is quoted saying, " There isn't a chance of war, the world is developing so fast that it'll make war impossible". This quote is another example of irony, because Mr Birling is saying that there isn't a chance of war. Due to this play being performed in 1945, the audience knows that Mr Birling is wrong, because during that time a war was taking place. ...read more.


In act 1 Mr Birling is quoted saying, " There is a wild talk about possible labour trouble in the near future, don't worry where past the worst of it". This quote is another quote in, which J.B Priestley uses dramatic irony. This is because he has made Mr Birling say that labour will no longer be in trouble, but because this play was set in 1912 the audience know that the labour market did not recover because in June 1921 unemployment was at 2.2 million. This is another example of irony used by J.B Priestley. J.B Priestley tries to show how the mood changes when the inspector arrives. He does this by describing the scene in act1. He describes the scene as a, "heavily comfortable house". He does this because this gives the audience an impression of the settings. As a narration Priestley is quoted saying, the lighting should be, "Pink and intimate before the inspector arrives". When he arrives the lighting should be, "brighter and harder". Priestley does this to show how the mood changes when the inspector arrives. Before the inspector arrives the lighting is "pink and intimate". When the inspector arrives the lighting becomes "harder and brighter". Priestley does this to show the audience that once the inspector has arrived the people in the Mr Birling's house start to feel tension. The use of the doorbell affect interrupts the conversation between Mr Birling, Eric and Gerald. ...read more.


By reading this play you will realise that much of act 1 is actually ironic in retrospect. By this I mean that most the language used is actually fiction rather than non-fiction. I believe this because in act 1 Mr Birling says that the " There is to be no war" and employment is high and he is quoted saying that the Titanic is "absolutely unsinkable". It can be seen that J.B Priestley uses this type of language, so that he makes the people in the audience to think of the opposite to what is happening. We think that Mr Birling and his family are perfect later we realise that this is not the case because Mr Birling and his family take advantage of the girl Eva Smith because they have the power to do so. When Mr Birling says, "As long as I don't get into trouble I will get my knighthood". As soon as he has said this, the doorbell rings. By reading this play you will realise that whatever Mr Birling says the opposite always occurs. It can be said that J.B Priestley has used Mr Birling to hint to the audience that a twist is about to occur in the play. J.B Priestley uses irony to make the audience laugh at the characters. The device he uses allows the audience to have knowledge over the character. In my opinion the message of this play is that because you live up the social ladder it doesn't mean you're higher than other people. The author has used this message because; during world war two this was happening ...read more.

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