Why has Priestley used dramatic irony in Mr Birling’s speech?
Dramatic irony is when the audience knows about certain events that the character in the play doesn’t know about. In an inspector calls Mr Birling is introduced and makes claims such as “The titanic…unsinkable , absolutely unsinkable” and “I say there isn’t a chance of war” . The audience of the time would be extremely outraged at Mr Birling’s ignorance and form a hatred for him . This was Priestley’s intention. The audience of 1945 may have lost a family member of friend in the titanic , they could have been offended by Mr Birling’s comments.