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How does J.B Priestley make the ending of An inspector Calls dramatic? 

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The dramatic ending of this play is unconventional as well as clever.

To start, your essay would more than likely include a thesis statement. Your question might well serve as a starting point. You hypothesize that the ending is dramatic, therefore, your essay will delineate how Priestley makes his ending dramatic.

Your first paragraph might also include a brief synopsis of the play. The main characters are Arthur Birling (a wealthy industrialist), Sybil Birling (his cold, calculating wife), Sheila Birling (the Birling daughter), Eric Birling (the Birling heir), Gerald Croft (Sheila's fiance) and Inspector Goole (the enigmatic police detective).

The main body of your essay might describe how the Birling family and Gerald Croft have all had an acquaintance with Ava Smith at some point before her death. How does Priestley make the ending dramatic? His Inspector Goole is a surrealistic, avenging-angel type, with one caveat: he does not avenge Ava's death. However, he performs part of the...

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