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A detailed analysis of the inspector in J.B Priestly's 'An Inspector Calls'

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A detailed analysis of the inspector in J.B Priestly's 'An Inspector Calls' In this essay I will analyze the character of the inspector in the play 'An Inspector Calls' and what the characters and myself think of him .The play is set in Brumley, a fictitious town in the Midlands in 1912 just before the outbreak of World War One. It was written in 1945 and produced as a film in the 1950's. The play covers a wide variety of topics such as history, politics and murder to name but a few. The main role of the inspector is as the teller of the story or the one who controls it. In the play the inspector affects all the characters in one way or another by manipulating them. ...read more.


He is very simple in his way of investigation "One person and one line of inquiry at a time That is the way I like to work". The inspector's appearance is that of a tall man in his fifties who's main power comes from his voice. I think the inspector is a psychic or supernatural being because of the way he seems to know when someone is hiding something and can seemingly sense what is going on. There is a slight difference in the book and the film of 'An Inspector Calls' because in the book the inspector leaves the house of the Birlings but in the film he is waiting in Mr. Birlings study and when Mr. Birling returns the inspector had disappeared suggesting he is some sort of ghost (ghoul). ...read more.


This again show us the character of Mr. Birling as someone who is money hungry and cares very little about feelings and emotions, and even his own family, it is the Inspector who has been sent to make the Birling family realize how selfish they are, and see the error of their ways. Finally I would like touch on the fact that the family and Gerald were all in one way or another connected with Eva Smith's Death but all, apart from Sheila, deny that they were to blame for it, the Inspector asks them all if they are in any way responsible for Eva's death. In the end I think the Inspector did what he what he intended to do and that was make the Birlings and Gerald feel the most guilt possible for what they contributed to however small they were involved. ...read more.

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