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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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?

J.B. Priestley wrote `An Inspector Calls' in 1945, the year that the Second World…

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very shocked and that the tragedy had got to him. There was a sign of suspense shown by
Priestley from the beginning of the play `Sheila: (half serious, half playful) Yes - except for all
the last summer, when you never came near me, and I wondered what had happened…

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you'll hear some people say that war is inevitable. And to that I say ­ fiddlesticks! The
Germans don't want war. Nobody wants war...' the audience know that there was a war and
at this point they would feel uncomfortable but omnipotent as they have experienced war
and the horrors…

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listen' the fact that Priestley has placed the ring of the door bell interrupting Mr Birlings
speech emphasises the tension of the atmosphere as we can tell that it was unexpected.
`Sharp' illustrates to us that it should be noticed and it gives us the idea in our head that…

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`what was she like' and `quite young' illustrates that she wanted to make a connection
between her and Eva Smith. The fact that Sheila has been responsible for Eva's death wasn't
as big of an issue to the audience because she was the only one that accepted her
responsibility. She…

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immediately go back to Act one where we first found out that Gerald was keeping his
distance from Sheila. Mrs Birling then backs up Gerald and says `Now, Sheila, don't tease him.
When you're married you'll realise that men with important work to do sometimes have to
spend nearly all…

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engagement ring she says `I'm sorry daddy' and `look ­ mummy ­ isn't it a beauty? Oh ­
darling' She seems to use simple and playful language. Later on in the play as the
investigation is going on she builds up confidence and uses blunt English just like the
inspector.…

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suspense and with tension and it also gives us time to think about the serious message of
the play. `Inspector: Well?' This is at the end of Act one when we are left to think about
what the purpose of the play and it also left us to think about…

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