An inspector calls
Question: How does J.B Priestley use dramatic devices to show his concerns and ideas to the audience, as well as interest and involve them in his play?
I believe throughout his plays it's inevitable that the genre is similar to dramatic mystery, because of the way that a within the play they involve lots of dramatic irony, which really creates a sense of interaction between the audience and the characters, within many situations there are examples of when the audience knows how wrong Mr Birling is when he makes confident predictions about there not being a war. In terms the genre is initially a detective structured play, then you discover it's a whodunit type and a morality play as there are characters of which are morally high within the social classing system. The Novel throughout has involoved us through the genre
When asking what the writer's main concerns when writing were, you have to understand that it was within the period of 18th century.
The social and political views were very different from nowadays, it was the period of the “great global change” he wrote an inspector calls after the first World War, as evident within reading the play it involved a significant amount of politics and controversial like message.
Priestly was especially strong opinionated about morals and social equality within the United Kingdom. It was priestly who set up the common wealth party, which nowadays is known as labour.
Within the play it was evident that the inspector wanted to teach and make obvious that they each individually have to take responsibility for the suicidal death of Eva smith.
J.B Priestley intended to show people that all groups of social classes should be just one not the poor and the rich but all united. Through the play it was the “inspector” who made it clear to the family and Gerald.
The reason that the following dates are important is because these dates 1912, everybody seemed to be wonderful, seem the end of the World War 1, the global depression. 1945, the beginning of the World War II. This is a prime example of audiencce interaction. They have experienced and lived through the period, a example of audience involvement
It's not about entertaining, it's about genuine ideas; a moral do we live in communities, we are responsible for one another.
An example would be from the opening scene, the audience's first impression. . Throughout the play, there are many examples of the use of dramatic devices to influence the audience, especially within the opening act, this provides the audience with a first impression of each character, and they almost instantly involve the audience. One quotation, which made evident is act one, “ Edna, the parlour maid, learning tables, no clothes, champagne glass, replacing with a decanter of port and a cigar box with cigarettes.” This stated the wealth that the Birling family posses, when the audience of 1946; the negative reactive was and still is understandable as they had experienced. My personal reaction would have been absolutely similar to the audience of the 18th century.
The dramatic irony was also significant to identify, to emphasis it with such detail really made the act for what it's now.
Throughout there is a lot of tension as each member of the Birling family is/was involved with the suicidal death of Eva smith? As we figure that out the audience is especially curious to know each character reacts to the revelation of they mistakes which they have committed which contributed to the death of Eva smith.
Whilst in the play another example of dramatic irony is when Arthur Birling makes rather arrogant comments, assumptions about the future, 1) the titanic, claming it was an “unsinkable” the luxury of the available accessories a source which would make many people annoyed.
At the end of act one, its ends leaving the audience with a cliff hanger. In act 3 the birling were fooled and they believed that they were off the hook when they thought that the inspector wasn't real and no girl actually died in the infirmary. It pull a lot of weight off the shoulders of the Birling but suddenly when a unexpected phone call is answer they immediately are told that a young girl has commided suicide and a “inspector is on his way to ask questions. Straight away the tension rises as there is an unexpected final twist
When the Inspector enters the Birlings household, this section of the play it defies how the presence affects the audience and even the characters. On page 164, act 1 it shows how the introduction effects the impressions of the audience. The sight of intimidation from the inspector is evident. The Birling immediately figures out that something's happened involving them. The inspector applies constant pressure with continuous questioning. Which then builds tensions and pressure rises significantly.
Overall my conclusion is that throughout the play that when we never do change our feeling about the Birlings overall.