Coursework – an Inspector Calls

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Coursework – An Inspector Calls

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

An Inspector calls was written in 1944, (first performed in 1945) and although he had the idea for the play before the Second World War, but he never had a chance to write it. After the victory of the Second World War, he was reminded and began work on the play based in 1912 pre-war Britain, a time of wealth and prosperity for the rich. The main idea Priestly wanted to convey in this play is that the seven deadly sins really are deadly; we take note of this because they have driven a young woman to suicide. The main perpetrators of the sins are from a rather well – to – do family, they commit lust, gluttony, wrath and various other sins through selfish acts, which eventually, when all coupled together; drive Eva Smith to commit suicide. The inspector is trying to teach the Birlings and Gerald how they have together, unsuspectingly collaborated to kill a person through selfish acts. He shocks and exposes everyone in-front of each other, as he teaches them the consequences of the moral evils they have committed. It is important that the reader or audience understands how critical the dates are; for example the play is set in 1912, and Arthur says some very ironic things for example, how war is impossible and the titanic – unsinkable. The audience watching this in 1945 would be sour to this after having to fight for their lives through two wars, and knowing the most luxurious vessel of the period sunk. From his attitudes and statements they know exactly how wrong he was, and could devise he was a very blind, ignorant and foolish old man. Due to the uniqueness of the play, it is difficult to say which genre this work does indeed belong to; however it contains the certain elements which mean it could be horror or mystery. When the...
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