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After reading an Inspector calls, I am sure it is obvious to any one whom reading it that the inspector is not what he seems at all.

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Introduction

After reading an Inspector calls, I am sure it is obvious to any one whom reading it that the inspector is not what he seems at all. At first you have no suspicions of the Inspector, but as the play gradually moves on it slowly dawns on you that the Inspector might be an impostor. In this essay I am going to write about a few different points, and who the Inspector might be. All of my theories may be correct but we will never know which theory is actually right. The Inspector is obviously as real as all the other characters in body and can eat and drink and is solid. I know that J.B.Priestley became very interested in the fourth dimension and time. That is why I think that the inspector may have gone back in time or there might have been a time slip of some sort to make sure that these people knew what they had done. Another theory might be that the Inspector represents truth and is not a real person at all but just a representative of justice. I think that this is a very plausible idea and probably Priestley's own thought. I think that the Inspector gives it away when he gets far too emotional and worked up about things: Inspector: "(Very sternly) her position now is that she lies with a burnt-out inside on a slab. (As Birling tries to protest, turns on him.)" "Don't stammer and yammer at me again, man. ...read more.

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Like Gerald saying: "We're respectable citizens and not criminals." And the inspector says: "Sometimes there isn't as much difference (being equal) as you think". The inspector keeps on saying that he (or us as the audience) hasn't got much time- time to change our way of living, our views to other people, and our way in how we treat the less fortunate than us. "And my trouble is that I haven't much time." And "Don't worry Mr. Birling. I shall do my duty." -His duty not only to ask questions but also to promote socialism. We haven't got much time to change (if not 'fire, blood and anguish will take over) our attitudes, our over confidence, and our views of lower and higher class citizens. The Inspector's interrogation of each individual character does more than add to the prevailing tension. The characters slowly reveal to the audience the great moral divide between the two generations. Eric and Sheila, from the outset, are visibly shaken by the news of Eva Smith, whilst their parents grow increasingly defensive about their involvement with the girl's death. The children show compassion and deep regret for what has happened to Eva. Eric's sensitivity is evident in: I understand a lot of things now I didn't understand before. In contrast to Eric's understanding we realise Mrs Birling's arrogance and apathy in: Well, really, I don't know. I think we've just about come to an end of this wretched business - Mr Birling displays similar arrogance when the Inspector reminds him that: Public men ... ...read more.

Conclusion

This confirms that Inspector Goole is indeed more than a staging device. He proves to be a powerful force, a catalyst whose skilful and disciplined investigative approach is both instrumental and victorious in initiating positive change in the hearts, the minds and the attitudes of Eric and Sheila and thereby increases our optimism and faith that disadvantaged people will in the future be treated with dignity and respect. Each character is punished in an appropriate way. Birling fears for his family's reputation at the inquest; Sheila feels shame for her selfishness; Gerald has his affair revealed in front of Sheila; Mrs Birling has her illusions about the respectability of her family shattered by Eric; and Eric is revealed before his indulgent parents as a spoilt and inadequate young man. But notice how in each case the punishment is a consequence of their own behaviour; the Inspector himself does not bring punishment from outside. Perhaps this is why they are given a second chance at the end of the play - that their experience should have been a warning to them, and that next time, it is the apocalyptic future predicted by the Inspector's final speech that lies in store for them and for us. Summary: The Inspector sees through each character. He forces each character to admit what they already secretly know. He is Priestley's vehicle for his views on social responsibility. He is the catalyst for the play's events. He controls the play's events. He has a moral dimension. He brings about each character's punishment through their own actions. He is each character's last chance to change. An Inspector Calls Coursework By: John Boynton Priestly Submitted by: Jayven Rolf T. Cuaresma 10 Middleton ...read more.

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