Dramatic Devices in Act 1 of J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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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 and employees. 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…show more content…
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, agitatedly she asks, “When was this? She starts to get a picture in her mind and thinks she knows who the inspector might be talking about. The effect of the use of dramatic tension is involving the audience. Dramatic Tension is also when the inspector produces the photograph of the girl to show Mr Birling and Sheila. They are tense as he produces the photograph. Act 1 end’s with a dramatic climax by the inspector hinting at Gerald’s personal relationship with Eva/daisy Renton. His last word is “well?” This is very dramatic because it shows him to be omnipotent, (all knowing and in control of the situation) it also adds to his sense of mystery. Dramatic Irony, sound, lighting effects and cliff hangers are some of the techniques used by priestly to involve the audience whilst conveying his concerns. Dramatic irony is used at the end of act 1 when Gerald tells Sheila that they can keep the secret about the girl from him but Sheila replies “why- you fool – he knows” The audience all ready know that the inspector
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