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J B Priestly's ' An inspector calls'.

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Act 2 ends not with an exit but with an entrance, Eric's. The act finishes with an atmosphere of tension and immense expectancy of what is yet to come. How does J. B Priestly achieve this and what dramatic devices does he use? J B Priestly's ' An inspector calls' is a first-class, proficient play containing an excellent diversity of clever dramatic devices and stage directions to guarantee to have you hanging on by every word and motion throughout the play for the expectancy of what is to occur. The way in which Priestly employee's theses dramatic devices are very well organised and timed. For insistence at the beginning of the play his stage directions are very deliberate whilst using the lighting. It directs the lighting to be 'pink and intimate until the inspector arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder' this suggests it to be an intimate and friendly atmosphere whilst their celebrations for Sheila and Gerald's engagement but as soon as the inspector enters it changes to show seriousness in the room and the atmosphere hardens, the friendly atmosphere has gone-this I think is premeditated to prepare us for the things that are to come. The lighting then stays the same throughout the rest of the play because the atmosphere and tension does not leave also. The stage directions are intentional in the way they are seated at the dinner table' which has no cloth and desert plates and champagne glasses, etc. ...read more.


He also does the same thing about the 'Titanic' he says that it is 'unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable' emphasising that it won't sink but again we all know that it did go down and was one of the worst ship accidents in history. During this act Mr Birling's character is more established. Whilst giving his speech he portrayed himself as a 'hard-headed practical business man' on more than one occasion- this denotes that he thinks very highly of himself and is rather big headed. Timing is an important aspect of 'an inspector calls' along with other dramatic devices. The main one which is most palpable is when Mr Birling gives a big establishment speech on how a 'man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own-and-' till he gets interrupted by a 'sharp' doorbell when is unexpected this inhibits his speech- which is very deliberate and significant because it reflects later on the play where we learn that the inspector is trying to prove to us and the characters that people should think of others and not just themselves. This is why I think J.B Priestley did this-to stop Birling from continuing his speech, and later on the story to stop thinking like that. The characters are very imperative in the play, each one individual and have something with this girl the only question was how? ...read more.


When Sheila realises Gerald is also involved he asks her not to tell the inspector and she 'laughs rather hysterically' and says 'why-you fool-he knows. Of course he knows. And I hate to think how much he knows that we don't know yet. You'll see. You'll see' Repetition to emphasis more is come and keep us in suspense and interested. It's not just what is said that creates tension and suspense by the end of act two it's also what is not said. As Eric enters the room he doesn't say anything- he knows they all know he has something to do with it this makes us want to know how he is involved and we wait in anticipation for him to say something but the curtain then closes leaving us wondering in suspense. I think J.B Priestley wanted this to be a didactic play to prove that every action has its consequences. When they realise that it wasn't one girl and no-one had actually died and there is no Inspector by the name he went by -some of them were relived that they wouldn't get a bad reputation or bad press, Sheila was the only one who saw what he was doing and said maybe there isn't an Eva Smith but there are thousand of people out there like that. I think J.B Priestley's aim was social reform and to tech us that everyone is equal and to simply ...think before you act. ...read more.

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