Dramatic Devices in Act 1 of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls
Dramatic irony, sound and lighting effects and cliffhangers are some
of the techniques used by priestly to involve the audience whilst
conveying his concerns.
Throughout this play priestly wants to share his concerns of society
and get his messages’ across. The main themes throughout this play are
women, society and community, responsibility, family, and employers
J.B priestly wants to people to understand women should be treated as
equally as men in society not as it was then. Birling refers to girls
as being “cheap labour” and Sheila objects and tells her father that
this is a foolish thing to say. The inspector agrees with what Sheila
has to say to her father and he adds “in fact, I’ve thought that it
would do us all a bit of good...dingy back bedrooms” the message the
inspector is giving is that in society not everyone has the “luxury”
lifestyle and sometimes we should look out for people in the community
we live in, and help them.
Priestly shows us family life is important and that people should look
out for each other however they still should understand if a member of
the family has done wrong they should try overprotect them otherwise
they will not learn from their mistakes.” and now there isn’t...into
this unpleasant business”
Above all these “being responsible” plays the biggest part and each
of themes set in the play have a link with being responsible in some
Dramatic tension is used in many ways in the play to mainly make the
play more interesting, at the beginning of act 1 as the inspector
arrives there is a moment of unease” an inspector? What kind of
inspector?”Birling feels anxious when he hears an inspector has come
to see him. The inspector starts to interrogate Birling; he tells him
he could have started the “chain of events” leading up to her death.
But Birling refuses to accept he is responsible “ oh well put it this
way, still I can’t accept any responsibility”. As the inspector starts
to talk about milwards Sheila stands listening nervously and as he
finishes the story,...