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This essay will show the way that the author, J.B Priestley, used dramatic devices within 'An Inspector Calls' to convey his concerns and ideas to the public.

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An essay on 'An Inspector Calls' This essay will show the way that the author, J.B Priestley, used dramatic devices within 'An Inspector Calls' to convey his concerns and ideas to the public. The essay also highlight and examine the dramatic devices Priestley includes to interest and involve the audience in his play. The character of the inspector wanted to make it clear to the Birlings that there was another harsh world outside their rich, comfortable and secure way of living. The inspector tried to entice the Birlings into realising that some people do not have the same opportunities as they had known and needed a helping hand. The Inspector did his best to place the Birlings into the shoes of some of the more disadvantaged people. His goal in the play was to make them see and understand life in the 'real' world. Priestley's main concerns were with higher classed people and their ignorance to the pleas of the poor. He didn't like the emotions of women like Eva Smith being played around with by wealthier people. The impression given throughout 'An Inspector Calls,' is that Priestley seemed to believe in close communities and equal opportunities. ...read more.

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This represents the seriousness of having an Inspector around. The inspector insists on getting an answer one way or another. As he enters, the Inspector gives an impression of 'solidity and purposefulness,' which is why the light is powerful. As the Inspector seems dominant, Priestley is justified in wanting the stark bright lighting to actually emphasise the vibe that the Inspector is giving out. It gives life to the atmosphere that the characters would feel in a visible way (as the audience can't truly feel what the characters are feeling). Another effective device employed by Priestley is the sharp ring of a front door bell. As soon as the audience hears the ring, they are left in suspense, wondering who it could be. The vigorous ring of the bell indicates to the audience that something dramatic is about to happen. The introduction of the Inspector has somewhat of an effect on almost all of the characters. Mr Birling becomes very anxious and impatient as soon as he finds out that Inspector Goole had not come for a warrant. All of the family were in a celebratory mood to begin with, yet soon enough all of them became quite nervous. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think the messages from this play are to help each other or work together to achieve desirable goals. The theme is still relevant today because we still have wars, we will always make mistakes and we will often rush too quickly, into forming certain points of view. Most morals will be relevant until the day were regimented class structures don't exist. Priestley's messages have certainly reached me. To be honest, first I believed the Birlings were a grateful, hard working family. However, the Inspector soon changed my point of view. Once I had found out everything, I believed that this was a family who simply cared for no-one but themselves and did whatever suited their mood. The younger members of the family had been influenced, but they at least showed remorse when they realised their shameful involvement. This made me look towards the examples that had been set by Mr and Mrs Birling. They had taught their children to respect them, but had probably never mentioned anything about their behaviour towards everyday 'normal' people. My opinion of the Birlings completely changed. The moral I have taken from the play is to never judge a book by it's cover. Husam Mohamed 10LC Teacher: Ms Kennedy ...read more.

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