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What are the effects of the dramatic devices used by JB Priestly in 'An Inspector Calls'?

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What are the effects of the dramatic devices used by JB Priestly in 'An Inspector Calls'? JB Priestley's Play of 'An Inspector Calls' is about a family called the Birlings. They are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft, a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. In addition, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. The questions he asks to each character are relating to the case, this reveals that they all have secrets that link them to the tragedy. The main core of the play is about the investigation of the Inspector into the death of Eva smith. Moreover, it is really a way of putting across the author's political thoughts. Priestley has put his own political message across and he has used the characters in the play to do this. Priestly has also used the Birling family and the investigation into their part in her downfall, to make it less like a straight forward political speech, and a way to engage the audience and win their empathy. ...read more.

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Moreover, it is like a fly on a wall and we the audience, are watching over this great piece of dramatic tension, as to focus on them. The Birlings have chosen to shut themselves in their ivory tower, over looking from their coyness. Also the dinning becomes their prison, it that short space of time and the Inspector is interviewing them one by one. Throughout JB Priestley's play of 'An Inspector Calls' there is a lot of irony and this is another dramatic technique, and the stage directions are important in helping us, the audience, to imagine exactly what is going on; they can help us picture each character's actions and reactions. In the course of 'An Inspector Calls' the Birling family and Gerald Croft change from a state of great self-satisfaction to a state of extreme self-doubt, Priestley specifically wanted us to feel disdain fault for Birling. The audience knows how wrong Mr Birling is when he makes confident predictions about there not being a war and is excited about sailing of The Titanic, famously; the ship sank on her maiden voyage. This puts the audience at an advantage over the characters deliberately helps us feel Birling is a short-sighted fool. ...read more.

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Then the Act ends. When Act two starts, everyone is in the same position and the Inspector repeats the question. The audience is left hanging, wondering what Gerald has been up to, the audience's imagination plays a key part in building up the suspense. Another moment when this dramatic technique is used is when the door slams. Everyone is in the dining room and suspects that Eric is the father of Daisy/Eva's child. Eric enters 'looking extremely pale and distressed'. When Act three begins time has not moved on, and they are all in the same positions. Priestley teases the audience again and makes them wait for Eric's confession. The historical content of 'An Inspector Calls' is that it was written in 1944 and it was staged the year the Second World War ended. This was when there was a social divided and now there is not. We could blame the Birlings for the war. The play might have been set in the past, however, it was the propose of the future. After Priestley had finished the play he sent it to Moscow, where it received a world premiere. Moscow was the home of Communism and an experience in the equality that Priestley believed in. The play fits the mood of 1945 in calling for major social change. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dale Hiscocks 10M ...read more.

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