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An inspector calls - how the inspector addresses the characters

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An inspector calls Priestly uses the inspector to represent morality, and how us as a society should be more moral towards each other .I believe the inspector is primarily used to influence the conscience of those watching the play. Through employing the inspector as a dramatic device, Priestly exposes the segregation of the rich and the poor, and the manipulative behaviour that the rich perform upon the poor regarding the prejudice and abusive exploitation the rich deliver on those who are less economically fortunate. Priestly also uses the inspector to keep the play moving and to retain a constant air of suspense throughout the duration. This essay seeks to highlight how the audience will recognise the inspector as a spirit that speaks the voice of our societies conscience. Act One begins by introducing the characters and establishing the idea of a happy and united family looking forward to the future with a degree of confidence. In retrospect, there are a number of hints that all is not as it seems but these are not particularly obvious until later in the play. ...read more.


The inspector considers Sheila and Eric to be accomplishments so he treats them with respect. The reactions of the audience are manipulated because new truths are revealed about the family of each character. So over the duration, the picture of the story is built, and is not given away straight away. The alibis of each character are not always in correlation so the audience feels the desire for an explanation of the circumstance. The play evokes thoughts in the audience when dramatic events are revealed like the manipulative antics of Gerald and Eric. The audience's empathy and anger moves in sync with the Inspectors thoughts of the family, as both the inspector and the audience come into the realization of things at the same time. The inspector has the ability to convey the emotions of the audience through his words. This is further evidence that the inspector is supernatural. A modern audience would react differently to how a 1940's audience would react because the opinions upon what is considered lawful and sociably expectable would have evolved. A 1940's audience would have had a larger array of opinions regarding social conduct compared to today's society. ...read more.


Priestly makes the inspector interrogate each character separately so that he can detain each characters opinion without confusing the audience of thickening the plot too much. The separate enquires deliver the information to the audience in a more comprehendible form. The inspector prefers to here each alibi supposed to them al at once so he can siphon the key points to make further enquiries upon. He also considers that morals can be taught quicker if the situation is less busy. Some characters are reluctant to participate with the inspector. A good example of this is Mrs. Birling, who is even more hard-faced and arrogant than her husband. She acclaims herself to be superior to her husband and notifies him on his inappropriate behavior at the dinner table when he complimented the chef. She is very snobbish and ignorant, and uses her social position to try and intimidate those with a lower position. She resents being contradicted, even when caught lying by the inspector. Despite Mrs. Birling not being an accomplishment to the inspector with regards to the lessons she's learnt, he had extracted more information from her by questioning her individually. ...read more.

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