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An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley - Who is The Inspector?

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An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley Who is The Inspector? In the play an Inspector calls, I am sure at is obvious to any one 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, with the end of the book confirming this. But who is the Inspector? When we first read the title "An Inspector Calls", we define "inspector" as a police inspector. The characters mirror this belief by doing such things as calling the police station to check his identity. At no point in the play does the inspector ever call himself an inspector. We are only given the impression that he is an inspector is from the title. J.B. Priestley has given to the play. He has done this so that we have an expectation of which the inspector will be like before he arrives. This adds more mystery to the play as gradually he breaks down our image of the inspector throughout the play to leave us baffled at the end as to who the inspector is. ...read more.

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He seems to know about he future because he knows what will happen to Eva Smith that no one else knows about, which may give the audience an idea that he is not a human being. He is another type of life such as a spirit that does not exist in our world, as it is virtually impossible to predict the future. He does make the Birlings scared of him as he breaks them down one by one leading them to confess. This may also show why he is a ghoul because he is scary. The inspector being a ghoul makes the audience more interested in the story because there is no obvious thing at the beginning of the story that gives him away but we all have our suspicions and this leads to tension as we want to continue to view the play to find out whether our suspicions were correct or not. This is another aspect that makes the play so good and again it involves the truth hidden behind the inspector. His last speech before he leaves is him teaching us. ...read more.

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The inspector's acts throughout the play change all their opinions on these matters. Without him the Birlings and Gerald would have never have seen the error of their ways. This suggests that the inspector was created purposely only to do this. Certain plays dress the inspector in clothes from the mid 1940s. I would not do this, as I do not think we should give any explanation to where the inspector is from or who he is. This adds more to the mystery of the inspector while putting more emphasis on the messages he has come to convey to us all. I would have the inspector just walk out after his final speech. Some performances of the play have the inspector vanish into thin air. I would not do this, as it takes away some of the impact of the final telephone call. The inspector is a character in a fictitious play written by J.B. Priestly. Priestly wrote the play with a clear idea of whom the inspector was from the start. Maybe, Priestly never thought that the origin of the inspector was of importance to the meaning of the play. What are more important, are the messages that the inspector delivers. ...read more.

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