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Dramatic Devices In An Inspector Calls

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In act one J.B Priestly the writer of ‘An Inspector Call’ uses several dramatic devices and ironies to draw in the audience. This story was first performed in 1945 which was at the end of the World War 2, but was set in 1912 before the upsetting disaster of the titanic. These dates are vital as they all link into the message and flow of the story. As in 1945 the World War 2 ended and this was when the labour party got elected as government. Also this is when the welfare states were created which Priestley was much in favour of setting up , this is when you are looked after for example free housing, health care and many more. Priestley’s main concerns were to get his message across-social collective responsibility this is when we are all responsible for each other. The genre of ‘An Inspector Calls’ is a murder mystery detective story with allot of suspense and superstition. The inspector in this story is trying to teach the Birlings a lesson that we cannot cut ourselves out of from the rest of the world we have to work and interact as a community this is also one of the main messages that occur during the whole story.
J.B Priestly added in many different dramatic devices and ironies in the first act to insure that the audience was fully drawn in so they would want to read on and find out what happens next. One was used very early on in the story “the titanic – she sails next week –forty six thousand eight hundred tons – New York in 5 days... Unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable”. As the audience were in 1945 and the story was set in 1912, they absolutely knew this was totally untrue. The Birlings had very big egos and only liked to think about themselves and no one else. The stage directions and Lighting effects are used to signify the characters moods and feelings across to the audience. The setting and lighting is very important and is kept constant through out the story, priestly describes the setting in act one in much detail so you know exactly what’s going on and not. ‘The lightening should be rink and intimate until the INSPECTOR arrives, and then it should be brighter and harder’, this show that the emphasise on the lighting when the inspector arrives shows that he changes the mood between the Birling family as they were celebrating an engagement. The lighting in the play starts as...

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