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 façade 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.
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