‘an Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley

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‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley

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

In Act One of ‘An Inspector Calls’, J. B. Priestley uses several different dramatic techniques to voice his concerns, ideas and political message about socialism to the members of the audience. He uses characters, lighting, sounds, props, dramatic irony and juxtaposition to convey his ideas and the techniques used also create and maintain suspense which cause the audience to become more interested and involved in the play.

Although ‘An Inspector Calls’ can fall into the mystery, suspense, detective
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The lighting also reflects Priestley’s stage direction and persona of the Inspector, “disconcerting habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before actually speaking”. This shows not only does the light expose them but so does the Inspector and so he must know more than they think he does as he is hard and bright, just like the light in his presence.

Priestley uses the Inspector as a mouth piece to convey his messages but he also uses the doorbell too at the start of the scene. The use of the sharp doorbell ring is an example of a dramatic device as it builds tension, because it interrupts Mr Birling’s pompous speech and so it is almost as if Priestley is speaking through the doorbell. It is also quite witty that only a doorbell can shut Mr Birling up and so the person who rang it must be a more important and powerful figure and so what this person might have to say is important and not only do the Birlings have to listen but every egotistical person of the time and the audience too. However just before the bell rings Mr Birling is talking about how community is utter nonsense and how “a man has to mind his own business and look after himself and his own...”. This is the main point Priestley is trying to fight against as this was the common thought and opinion on the class of 1912 and so he cuts Birling off at this moment to show
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