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An Inspector calls

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An Inspector calls Examine the role and character of the inspector and the reaction he causes in the other characters in 'An Inspector Calls' by J. B. Priestley. Select a scene or part of one and as if you were the director advise the actor playing the role of the inspector. I shall begin by examining the history of the Author J.B. Priestley in order to understand why he wrote so influentially and with such passion. John Boynton priestley was born in 1894 the son of the school master he was raised by his father and his socialist friends and so was predisposed to the idea of communism this was to be ever present in Priestleys life. John left school at sixteen to gain first-hand experience working as a junior clerk with a local firm for helm and company he realised that for the next few years he would try his hand at writing. He became acquainted with academic and cultured people. His socialist views began to emerge. These discussions enforced the concepts that later became dominant in Priestley's writings. It was at this time that Priestley first realised and described himself as a social philosopher. Spurring after joining the army in the war he was strongly influenced and was always aware of his luck to still be alive. After returning from the army Priestley resumed his writing career. ...read more.

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This is by two accounts purposefully ironic on priestleys part as the inspector is visiting as a result of Eva Smiths death and it later as the mystery emerges that Inspector Ghoul is to all intense and purposes' non existent and had uncovered a death before it had happened. Less markedly was that Goole is the title of a sea port town at the mouth of a river and so it may suggest that the Inspector is going to trawl through the Birlings clandestine dealings, fishing for information, in order to unearth the truth. Sheila also later notices that although Mr ghoul was not a police Inspector he was an Inspector as he dissected them and their furtive ways. This was true because the word "inspector" conjours up the image of somebody uncovering things and this is exactly what he set out to do and successfully attained. The Inspector gains more knowledge as the interrogation compiles increasing amounts of evidence against the Birlings and their atrocities. He remains unyielding and purposeful whilst his victims commit social suicide. Nothing distracts him from his mission to avenge Eva Smith. The Inspector arrives just after Mr Birling significantly enlightens Gerald and Eric that "Every man should look after himself" It is the Inspectors role to discredit these pompous view and explicate Priestleys. The Inspector is a catalyst without him none of these revelations would have been made. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both Mr and Mrs Birling had such intense views toward the Inspector because they could not except that they were the people that were being blamed and so concluded that the lack of Inspector ghoul's social grace and his abruptness they thought only about his faults and forgot about their own. Sheila acted very differently towards the inspector she was very astute and so realised that the Inspector was "giving you enough rope" and depending on how hard you pulled against him you were damage. Sheila was "easy with" him and so she ended up being very poignant. As she took on board what the Inspector said and realised that she was wt a great fault and that her actions had a devastating effect upon Eva smiths life. Gerald was treated slightly differently by the Inspector as he felt "he had shown her some care." However Gerald vainly tried to conceal his undisclosed affair yet Sheila was incisive and realised the potential consequences at the hands of the Inspector and so notified him to do otherwise Gerald reluctantly excepted and was on the whole honest with the knowing Inspector. Eric was very much like Sheila in his approach to the death of Eva and they formed a coalition. Eric was repentful for what he had done and was honest with the Inspector he received a lot of blame from the birlings as this was another way for them to shift their responsibility and the focus of themselves onto somebody else. Jonathon Bell 10T 1 ...read more.

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