An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley: Dramatic Devices

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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?

In this essay I am going to analyze the ways in which Priestly presents the theme of social responsibility, social class and social equality by looking at the use of character action and dramatic devices.

The play ‘An Inspector Calls’ was set in 1912, two years before the ww1 started. It was a time in England when the inferior and lower classed were despised by the wealthier and superior classed. The play however was written in 1945 just after the Second World War, when society was improving a vast amount. By 1914 most British citizens regardless of their status were working together doing equal amounts of jobs to help win the war; this was an enormous change for the better. Priestly wanted to stress how only 2 years earlier the majority of the deprived were looked down upon as well as criticized, they were not given a fair chance in civilization. This was reason why the play was set in 1912 and not in 1945, when it was written. He wanted to show how much society had changed from 1912 to 1945 that in those 33 years so much had differed and we had come this far there was only a little work to be done and Britain would be a country of equality. Priestly used the inspector to get his views across to everyone in a motivating and appealing approach, that made them to appreciate what they had in life and think about the less fortunate and also help them out.

J.B Priestley uses dramatic irony very early on in the play. Mr Birling suggests that, “The Germans don't want war.” As the audience we know this isn't true, the Germans did want war and thats exactly what they got. This shows Birling to be an unintelligent gentleman, proved wrong in his ideas. This highlights the theme of social class. Further more it justifies the fact that the wealthier citizens considered...
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