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An Inspector calls The inspector has many functions in 'an inspector calls', the inspector is the centre point of the play, and the main events of the play rotate around him. He controls the entrances and exits of the play. He also has a grip on the topic of conversation, and is not afraid to anything and has the confidence to interrupt to re-tighten his grip on the conversation. The inspector also develops the topic of conversation from person to person in a methodical fashion. The inspector controls the development of events, who will speak and when they will speak, who will leave and who won't leave, who sees the picture of Eva smith and who won't. Even when Priestley describes him, when he first appears on stage, he is described in the terms of 'massiveness, solidity ad purposefulness', significantly showing that he is unstoppable, and plays a great part in the play. He has a 'habit of looking hard at the person he addresses before speaking' gives the audience an impression of how he gets down into the truth. His role in the play isn't the role of a conventional inspector, which is to confront each character with the truth, but he wants the Birling family to morally condemn what they have done. ...read more.


If he is not a real inspector what is he, a clever impostor, or could he be the personification of the social conscience the characters lack? A supernatural being because he knows everything that everyone has done in a perfect chronological order, and he virtually senses all of the characters thoughts. Which all could not of been written in Eva smiths diary, or any other personal items. The inspector even makes the most educated, the most highly ranked social classes confess, and virtually control what they say. Sheila tells Gerald: 'somehow he makes you', but the inspector does not control the characters reactions, he only uses information he has gained from a source, which are Eva smith's last items. The inspector on the other hand does use his own techniques to make the reaction more vivid, by constant reminders of what has happened, his persistence is ideal, the repetition if emotive words such as 'dead', lay little seeds of doubt in the characters minds, and when these seeds bloom, the characters have very vivid reactions. The inspector is more concerned about morally condemning the characters then what is legal or not. He sternly tells Mr.Birling that 'it's better to for the earth (this is what the workers asked for) ...read more.


The inspector also has narrative functions, simply because he creates tension, this is to make the plot more exciting, and make the characters more immune to telling the truth. The inspector does this by talking severely, interrupting conversation, and making quick sharp gestures. The inspector does not waste any time in his enquiries, and makes sure he is always in control of the situation, and makes his points clear. 'Do you want me to tell you-in plain words?' This is a very intimidating line from a lower social status inspector to a higher classed business man. The inspector doesn't 'have much time' to procrastinate questions, so he will just cut in and ask them. This helps the inspector to get through every person in a methodical logical order; hence the plot can be developed. From the following you can draw the conclusion that the inspector plays a massive role in the inspector calls, from a dramatic instrument to have narrative functions, and acting as a vehicle to convey Priestley's socialist views. If the inspector wasn't in the play, the play wouldn't work; life would be difficult for Priestley to put across his views. The essential elements of the play to make it interesting are lost if the inspector wasn't there, so he is very essential, and is one of the most important characters of the play 'an inspector calls'. ...read more.

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