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Dramatic effects are things which happen on stage and which grab our/the audience's attention. So, things you might be looking at could include: lighting/music/staging/costumes etc.

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Introduction

Dramatic effects are things which happen on stage and which grab our/the audience's attention. So, things you might be looking at could include: lighting/music/staging/costumes etc. if you've seen this play on the stage..ie. the things which stuck in your mind when you watched it. You can, however, also answer this from the point of view of the text infront of you only - maybe, after all, you've only read it in class and haven't got to see it. If this is the case, then you might look at: * the characters and their relationships with each other eg. Sheila with the Inspector; Sheila with Gerald; Eric with his father....lots of possibilities here - just choose the one(s) which have had the most dramatic effect upon you - again, it will tend to be the one you remember best. * mystery/unanswered questions - a big part of this play focuses on the background of the Inspector - where does he come from? who is he? what does he want? where does he go at the end? ...read more.

Middle

Family divided: Sheila and eric have learnt their lesson. The others haven't. Phone call reveals that a girl has died and an inspecotr is on his way. I hope this helps. Mr. Birling's reactions to the Inspector is to see him as a threat to his afmily and their way of life and he becomes defensive and tries to limit any damage that might be done to them by their links with the death of Eva Smith. He emerges from the Inspector's visit hardly changed, but the final telephone call leaves him threatened again and we wonder if in the end even he will be changed and begin to question his attitudes. Mrs. Birling, like her husband, is defensive of her family. She can not cope with the idea that she may have played any part in the death of Eva and she sticks to her claim that she was only doing her duty. When the Inspector leaves she turns on the others and accuses them of being weak in front of the Inspector. ...read more.

Conclusion

I would be really careful at this point not to allow my answer to get too "listy" and repetitive and I would make sure I brought in lots of quotations to illustrate the points I was making. I would round off by reiterating my beginning - we are all to blame for the death of Eva Smith, when we act in the same way as the Birling family. Eva Smith could have been lots of different people and not just one; it doesn't matter whether she was or not. We should never treat people badly. Priestley set his play in the North of England because this was the focus and centre of the industrial expansion of the period. This was the 'dark satanic mills' land of industrial progress. He set it just before the war so that his audience would have known that in fact a war was coming when Mr Birling who is so full of his own importance is so sure there won't be one. It was also a time when the trade unions and the working class were just getting started and beginning to try to improve the lot of working people. ...read more.

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