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"An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestly the dramatic significance of a character called Inspector Goole is shown in many ways. In this assignment I will be considering the dramatic significance of the Inspector and I will also be directing an actor playing

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AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE SPECIFICATION A POST 1914 DRAMA ASSIGNMENT "AN INSPECTOR CALLS" BY J.B. PRIESTLY, WRITTEN 1945 SET 1912 Consider the dramatic significance of Inspector Goole in "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestly, comment on how you would direct an actor playing this role by examining closely one scene of your choice and relating your comments to the play as a whole. In the play "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestly the dramatic significance of a character called Inspector Goole is shown in many ways. In this assignment I will be considering the dramatic significance of the Inspector and I will also be directing an actor playing this role in the first scene. Inspector Goole is the main character in this play who is investigating into the death of a young girl named Eva Smith. She had committed suicide by drinking some disinfectant. The Inspector mysteriously arrives at a middle class family's house; the Birlings to question them regarding the case. The family include Mr and Mrs Birling, their children; Eric and Sheila and Sheila's fianc� called Gerald. He interrogates all of them and under the pressure they are put under, the truth comes out revealing that each of them has a shameful secret which links them with her death. At the start of the play the atmosphere is very calm. This is due to the fact that the family are celebrating a special occasion. They are celebrating Sheila's engagement to Gerald. Everyone is carefree, enjoying some port and chatting away to each other around the dining table. The lighting is "pink and intimate." ...read more.


When he is questioning one person he does not like to disturbed. He has a photograph in his pocket which he says is of Eva Smith and he says he found it in her lodgings. He only shows it to one person at a time and makes sure that no one else can see it. When he shows Mr. Birling the photograph Gerald and Eric are eager to see it as well but he blocks their view. When they ask him why they can't see the photograph he replies "It's the way I like to go to work. One person and one line of enquiry at a time. Otherwise there is a muddle." This shows the methodical side to his questioning. Throughout his enquiries, the Inspector has remained in control. At times he has massively taken charge." In social status, the Inspector is lower than the Birlings although throughout most of the play the Birlings are inferior to the Inspector as they do not know all the information like he does. What we do not know is how much the inspector already knows before arriving at the house. Whenever he asks a question, he already seems to know the otherwise he would not be questioning them. The information he has gathered before coming to the house is by reading the diary that Eva Smith left. Maybe some pages of the diary were missing, hence the lack of information in the Inspector. There is not really any evidence that what the inspector says is true apart from everyone admitting to what they did to Eva Smith. ...read more.


I will add a piano because even if the family can't play the piano it shows that the family are posh. A long dining table because the longer the table it will show that the Birlings have many visitors, it will make them very important and probably famous. I will add a grandfather clock to show that they are a high-class family. When the Inspector arrives I would make him pause in the door way for a while so that the audience can try to understand him. He will be wearing a black suit with a long beige coat on top and a matching large hat that shadows his eyes as he will be looking down. As soon as he enters he will look up to reveal his expressionless face and look directly at the other characters showing he means business. The inspector will be about 6 foot in height to go with his domineering personality. His posture will be very straight and stiff. When Mr. Birling invites the inspector to sit down, "Sit down Inspector" he will take big strides towards the chair. The first words he will say are, "Mr Birling?" These words will be said quite slowly, loud and clear to show he has authority. When he is offered port by Mr. Birling he will refuse it by shaking his head once and saying "No Thank you." I will keep directing him to show his mysterious by making him have this same attitude throughout the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Ayesha Siddiq Page 1 06/05/2007 ...read more.

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