In Act One of ‘An Inspector Calls’ how does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play?

In Act One of ‘An Inspector Calls’ how does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play?

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An inspector calls
J.B Priestly
In act one of an "An Inspector Calls" how does J.B. Priestly uses dramatic
devices to convey his concerns and ideas to the members of the audience as
well as interest and involve them in the play?
Three major themes experienced throughout "An Inspector Calls" are Morality, Murder
and Mystery. These three themes are the surrounding and focus of Priestly throughout
the play. Priestly in the play highlights the issues he feels strongly about regarding the
flaws in the Edwardian Era through the use of dramatic devices. Priestly I believe feels
very strong about this issue and has showed his importance towards this issue and
expressed it in his play. The play is based on a family named the Birlings who are a
middle class family. This family are having a very comfortable, pleasant and secure life
and this can be visualized by the surrounding of the house which includes cigars, the
champagne glasses and the decanter of port. This family is wanted to be questioned by
an inspector about a casualty that had happened the day before. Eva Smith, a young
poor classed lady had tragically died because "she'd swallowed a lot of strong
disinfectant". The inspector has come to interrogate the Birlings about this young lady
where surprisingly every individual of the family has a fraction to tell the inspector.
J.B. Priestly expresses and communicates his concerns about the Edwardian Era to the
audience via the inspector. The inspector uses his intellectual humour and excellence to
show the family that separation of any kind is unsatisfactory. Inspector Goole can be
acknowledged as an awakening for the Birling's, this is shown by: Eric Birling. Sheila
Birling and Mrs Birling are accountable and guilty for Eva smith's murder. "An
Inspector Calls" could be classified as a political drama and would of been based and
aimed for middle and upper class families as they were the most likely to watch the
play.
The pin-point of concern about J.B. Priestly is about letting people know that an
individual and community have to combine in keeping responsibilities. Priestly shows via
the use of dramatic devices that self-interests shouldn't exceed in causing harm to the
people around you (community). At the time of the writing of `An inspector calls' the
upper-classed community had an uphold over the lower classed and showed no attention
or sympathy towards the people with less power or wealth. Astoundingly, the play was
written in 1912 and the performance was done 33 years later in 1945. The actual play
written only two years prior to the First World War and people were unconscious that
a war was two years before them. At the time (1912) the society was more worried
about who has more beer and wine on the table and who has the most wealth in the
area. However, the play was actually performed in 1945 after the revulsion of the war
to alert and be reminiscent to people to let them know how life was before the
horrendous war.

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J.B. Priestly uses dramatic irony to portray the misunderstanding of determined people
in 1912. Dramatic irony is when the audience understands the meaning of a situation
but, the characters in the play don't. Mr. Birling, the big-headed father of the house
who thinks because he is high-classed because of his wealth whatever he thinks is
always correct. "And every luxury and unsinkable". This is a quote by Mr.…read more

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Sheila and Gerald. "Intimate" shows the warmness and closeness between the
relationship of Gerald and Sheila.
Edwardian Era was a time where campaigning for poor people to have better rights was
at its peak, through strikes. Strikes were very regular from poorer commune as the
rich people didn't even care about how the poor felt living in an environment where the
poor are provoked by the middle-classed and rich, so the poor had to make the rich
aware of their problems by striking.…read more

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Mr Birling due to his manipulative and insensitive perspective. By beginning a
sentence with "and", shows the fact that he is not absolutely certain about is
prediction but still wants to foist his opinions onto others.…read more

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