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Theatrics play a key role in emphasizing the message of a play. The actors and actresses bear the burden of expressing the central idea that is trying to be passed onto the audience. If I had to describe the play in one word, it would definitely be "impressive" especially considering that I ordinarily do not like plays. I would rather prefer to read a book or watch a movie based on it.

The stage props were excellent, clearly creating an environment showing the wealth of the Birling family brought out by the subtle lighting and expensive decor; a perfect setting for the occasion at hand - the engagement of Gerald Croft and Sheila Birling.

It was clear from the beginning itself that behind the content and complacent faÐ*ade there was another story just waiting to emerge that would dampen the mood of the gathering. There were undertones of sarcasm, suspicion and annoyance particularly emitted by Mr. Birling and Eric Birling. This was further marked by the entrance of Inspector Goole, bearing the news of the tragic death of Eva Smith. Though there wasn't an actual person playing the role of Eva Smith, she was evidently the central character in the play as everything revolved around her life and dealings with the different members of the Birling family and even Gerald Croft.

As the play progresses, we are given a clearer insight into the relationship between the older and younger Birlings. This is reflected specifically when Sheila tells her father that he was not the "type of father that one could go to..." We also see that Mr. and Mrs. Birling has no clue that Eric has been drinking for quite some time showing negligence of responsibility towards their children.

The systematic approach of interrogation undertaken by the Inspector was excellent in setting up the tone of concealed guilt and suspense throughout the play. His almost manipulative tactic added a very dramatic touch to the eye opening unfolding of the play.

J. B. Priestley is clearly trying to convey a moral message through this play. It is almost like he creates a balance between the older and younger Birlings. Both Mr. And Mrs. Birling were prominent members of their society. Throughout the play you could see their arrogance from the condescending tones and know- it-all attitude they use when speaking to the Inspector and their defensive manner and lack of sympathy for the plight of Eva Smith despite what happened to her. This is in stark contrast to the reaction of the younger Birlings, Sheila and Eric. They are obviously shocked, guilty and penitent and towards the end are ashamed of the way their parents take the issue at hand so lightly. It was apparent even in the stage presence of the four Birlings. Sheila and Eric stood together on one side while arguing with Mr. and Mrs.Birling who stood together on the other side of the room emphasizing their separate points of view. At the end of the play, Mr. And Mrs. Birling show no remorse or guilt and do no not realize how their actions resulted in the death of a young woman who



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